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 nearly $21 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 2017

Total intermodal costs (per mile) rose 1.9% year over year in October, with our index now at 132.8. Compared to the month before (September), intermodal costs increased 2.9%. October marked the thirteenth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. The index established its most recent peak in March at 135.4 (as diesel flirted with $2.60 a gallon) and then has sequentially trended lower since (as diesel fell back toward $2.50 a gallon in July). Donald Broughton, analyst and commentator for the Cass indexes, predicts another rise: “We now expect it to exceed March’s peak by the end of the year. Longer term, we continue to foresee oil trading in the $45 to $55 range and diesel in the $2.25 to $2.75 range throughout 2017 (sans the refining interruption pressure produced by the recent hurricanes).”

 Cass Intermodal Price Index October 2017
Cass Truckload Intermodal Price Index October 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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