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.

May 2019

After setting an all-time high (151.9) in March, the Cass Intermodal Price Index fell slightly in both April and May following seasonal trends. Although May (147.0) is still up 4.2% on a YoY basis, weakness in truckload pricing and moderation in fuel pricing suggest the recent March peak will not be challenged in the coming months. This marked the 32nd consecutive month of YoY increases and brought the three-month moving average to 5.3%. Tight truckload capacity and higher diesel prices created incremental demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal throughout much of 2018. However, with the severity of weakness in truckload spot pricing, this has finally come to an end.

 

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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.