Cass Intermodal Price Index

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

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages $25 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.

June 2018

The latest data point shows total intermodal pricing (all-in intermodal costs) rose 10.9% year over year in June to 136.7, the largest YoY increase since August 2011. June marked the twenty-first consecutive month of increases, and brings the three-month moving average up to 8.8% YoY. "Tight truckload capacity and higher diesel prices are creating incremental demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal," stated Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes. "Longer term, we continue to foresee oil trading in the $45 to $65 range and diesel in the $2.50 to $3.25 range throughout 2018, and higher in certain regions within the U.S."

Cass Intermodal Price Index June 2018

Cass Intermodal Price Index June 2018

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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.

Cass partners with the securities analyst firm Broughton Capital LLC to publish this Index.

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