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 more than $20 billion annually in freight spend, enabling us to compile meaningful logistics 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.

March 2017

Our latest data point shows total intermodal pricing rose 4.8% year over year in March after February's 4.9% increase. This marked the sixth consecutive month of increases. We expect intermodal rates to show better strength in 2017 than were achieved in 2016. As the price of diesel fuel has recovered from oversold lows and established a price more consistent with the marginal cost of production from domestic fracked sources, we foresee oil trading in the $45 to $55 range and diesel in the $2.25 to $2.75 range throughout 2017. Simply put, the current level of demand and pricing will produce a positive year over year comparison for the next 9 to 10 months.

Cass Intermodal Price Index March 2017

Cass Intermodal Price Index March 2017

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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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