Cass Truckload Linehaul Index®

An accurate indicator of the latest developments in per-mile truckload pricing, derived from Cass client invoices and giving you reliable insight into baseline truckload pricing. 

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages $28 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. Cass partners with the securities analyst firm Broughton Capital LLC, who provides the analysis we offer each month.

August 2019

After more than two years of year-over-year increases in truckload linehaul rates, the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index® went negative in August (-2.6%). It also fell 6.9% sequentially.

We see three factors driving the decrease: 1) spot rates that are below contract rates by larger margins than appear sustainable; 2) capacity additions; and 3) a consumer and industrial economy in which growth is stalling (the Cass Freight Index shows year-over-year negative volumes for the last nine months).

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index includes realized (paid) pricing for both contract and spot rates for Cass freight payment customers.

 

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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.