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.

October 2018

Total intermodal pricing (all-in intermodal costs) continued its strong upward trend, rising 10.9% YoY in October. On a nominal basis, the index rose to 147.3, an all-time record high and handily jumping above the previous all-time high of 143.2 established in March of this year. October marked the 25th consecutive month of increases, and brought the three-month moving average to 10.8%. "Tight truckload capacity and higher diesel prices continue to create incremental demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal," stated Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes. "Although it had been higher until recently, we continue to foresee oil trading in the $45 to $65 range and diesel in the $2.50 to $3.25 range."

Cass Intermodal Price Index October 2018

Cass Intermodal Price Index October 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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