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.

January 2018

The latest data point shows total intermodal pricing rose 5.0% YoY to 141.4 in January (an all-time high) with a YoY three-month moving average increase of 4.3%. January marked the sixteenth consecutive month of increases, and pricing momentum continues to strengthen. Higher diesel prices are creating demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal. "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 (without the refining interruption pressure produced by hurricanes or other catastrophic events)," stated Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes.

Cass Intermodal Price Index January 2018

Cass Intermodal Price Index January 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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