Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages more than $23 billion annually in freight spend, enabling Cass to compile meaningful logistics data that serves as an indicator of transportation industry trends. The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index™ is a measure of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, independent of additional cost components such as fuel and accessorials.

September 2014

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which measures changes in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, rose 6.7% year over year in September and was 2.4% higher than August. The same drivers appear to be in force this month, with demand improving and capacity exiting the marketplace at a rapid pace, as this year's contract rate increases are starting to take effect. Avondale Partners commented, “We are not surprised to see our index continue to post mid-to-high single digit gains, and we expect this to continue through 4Q'14. We continue to expect contract TL pricing to rise 4-6% in 2014, with the higher end looking increasingly likely.”

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index September 2014

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Index Definition

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index™ is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload pricing. The index isolates the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components (e.g. fuel and accessorials), providing an accurate reflection of trends in baseline truckload prices.

Data within this unique index is derived from actual freight invoices paid on behalf of Cass’ clients, which totaled over $23 billion in 2013. The index uses January 2005 as its base month.

Cass partners with the securities analyst firm Avondale Partners LLC to publish this Index.  

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