As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages more than $26 billion annually in freight spend, enabling Cass to compile meaningful 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. Calculation methodology for the index was developed by the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute in collaboration with Cass.
Read our monthly report, typically released on the 12th of each month, for analysis and commentary on the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, the Cass Freight Index, and the current state of the freight market.
Chart: Cass Truckload Linehaul Index
January 2010 – August 2021 (01’1990=1.00)
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile dry van truckload pricing in the U.S. 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, and is a mix of contract and spot rates. The data represents the month in which transactions are processed by Cass, not necessarily the month when the corresponding shipments took place. The index uses January 2005 as its base month.