Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages $25 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.

June 2016

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index declined another 1.8% year over year in June after falling 2.3% and 1.2% in April and May respectively. This represents four consecutive months of year over year declines. Analysts at Avondale Partners have further adjusted their pricing forecast range downward (-3% to 1%) for the remainder of 2016, reiterating that several factors continue to contribute to excess capacity—including driver pay increases, overall fleet growth, reduction in carrier bankruptcies and an easing of the 34-hour restart rule.

Cass Truckload Index May 2016

Cass Truckload Index May 2016

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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 $25 billion in 2015. 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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