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. 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 for analysis and commentary on the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Cass Intermodal Price Index, and the Cass Freight Index.
Note: All historical data for the truckload and intermodal indexes was restated in November 2019, with an extremely high correlation to the previous data.
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The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile dry van 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.