Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

October’s Cass Truckload Linehaul Index® continued the increasing rate of acceleration that began in 2017 by posting a 8.2% YoY increase to 143.4, marking yet another record all-time high on a nominal basis. "We expect more nominal record highs in the coming months, with slightly lower percentage increases as comparisons grow increasingly tough through February," stated Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes. "Our realized contract pricing forecast for 2018 of 6% to 12% is essentially ‘in the books.’ We believe that this is the strongest normalized percentage level of truckload pricing achieved since deregulation (‘normalized’ meaning except for extreme periods of recovery from recession)."

October 2018

October’s Cass Truckload Linehaul Index continued the increasing rate of acceleration that began in 2017 by posting a 8.2% YoY increase to 143.4, marking yet another record all-time high on a nominal basis. "We expect more nominal record highs in the coming months, with slightly lower percentage increases as comparisons grow increasingly tough through February," stated Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes. "Our realized contract pricing forecast for 2018 of 6% to 12% is essentially ‘in the books.’ We believe that this is the strongest normalized percentage level of truckload pricing achieved since deregulation (‘normalized’ meaning except for extreme periods of recovery from recession)."

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index October 2018

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index October 2018

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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.

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

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