Cass Intermodal Price Index®

The latest developments in U.S. domestic per-mile intermodal costs, giving you unparalleled insight into current and future pricing trends. 

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Per-Mile Intermodal Freight Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages $28 billion annually in freight spend, enabling us to compile meaningful data that serves as an indicator of transportation industry trends. The Cass Intermodal Price Index® is a measure of market fluctuations in U.S. domestic intermodal costs. Cass partners with securities analyst firm Broughton Capital LLC, who provides the analysis we offer each month.

September 2019

The Cass Intermodal Price Index in September has fallen enough to close the gap on the YoY increases we’ve been seeing every month for the last three years. September’s realized intermodal costs were up just 0.1% over last year. Sequentially, while truckload rates were increasing, intermodal costs fell 0.7%.

Fuel pricing’s fall of 8% year-over-year, as well as lower year-over-year TL linehaul rates, are negative forces on intermodal demand and therefore pricing.

 

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Index Definition

The Cass Intermodal Price Index is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile U.S. domestic intermodal costs. The index includes all costs associated with the move (linehaul, fuel and accessorials). It is based on costs as of January 2005 and uses a base value of 100.

Data within this unique index is derived from actual freight invoices paid on behalf of Cass’ clients.