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 $20 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. Cass partners with analyst firm Avondale Partners, who provides the analysis we offer each month.

February 2017

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which tracks monthly changes in linehaul rates, declined 0.8% YoY in February after falling 0.3% and 0.9% in January and December, respectively. Although this represents twelve consecutive months of YoY declines, analysts at Avondale Partners have increased their pricing forecast to a -1% to 2% YoY change this year, stating that "the current strength being reported in spot rates ... is leading us to believe contract pricing rates should move back into positive territory at least on a sequential basis."

Cass Intermodal Price Index January 2017

Cass Truckload Price Index February 2017

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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. 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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