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Intermodal Spot Rate Pricing Trendline Analysis Blog Feature
Rick LaGore

By: Rick LaGore on September 14th, 2021

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Intermodal Spot Rate Pricing Trendline Analysis

Truckload | Intermodal Transportation

Weekly discussion and analysis on the trends in the intermodal spot rate market.

intermodal transportationThe InTek intermodal spot rate index increased 3.2% from the prior week.  

For the week of September 14, 2021, domestic intermodal spot rate index:

  • Up 3.2% from prior week.
  • Up 21.2% from 90 days ago.
  • Up 15.0% from prior year.

YTD-to Date Intermodal Volume by Region and Equipment

North American Intermodal 

  • 10.5%

Intermodal Volume by Region

  • United States: 11.5%
  • Canada: 8.5%
  • Mexico:  2.1%

Intermodal Volume by Equipment Type

  • Container: 10.6%
  • Trailer: 10.6%

US intermodal originations continue to decline.  This trend  started in April and if it continues on its current path year-overyear volumes could be down 8% to 10%.  

Comparison of Truckload to Intermodal Spot Rate 

The national truckload spot rate increased 1.7% last week, as reported by the DAT Trendline Report.   

Domestic 53' intermodal spot rates decreased 0.8% (on a weighted average mileage basis) from the prior week. 

For a full review of the US Intermodal Savings Against Truckload we point you to a tremendous piece of research the Journal of Commerce publishes quarterly.

Diesel Fuel Comments: 

diesel fule priceThe EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) reported average diesel fuel price of $3.372 per gallon this week, which is down $0.001 from prior week.

The diesel price per gallon is up $0.950 or 39.2% from the same period last year.

The EIA's September 2021 diesel price average price projection is $3.17 per gallon for calendar year.

EIA's most recent 2021 projection for oil & diesel prices:

  • WTI - $65.69
  • Brent - $68.61

The full spreadsheet of the historical weekly price moves of diesel full can be found at https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

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Intermodal Spot Rate Trend Graphs

  • 53' Domestic Intermodal Price Index & Diesel Fuel Prices
  • Variance to January 1, 2013 Baseline
  • Rolling 52 Year-over-Year Comparison - 53' Domestic Intermodal and Diesel Fuel Prices
  • Rolling 52 Year-over-Year % Change - 53' Domestic Intermodal and Diesel Fuel Prices
  • 53' Domestic Intermodal and Diesel Prices Quarter-Over-Quarter Comparison 
  • 53' Domestic Intermodal Spot Rate per Weighted Average Mile and Total Volume 
  • 53' Domestic Intermodal Spot Rate Rolling 4-Week Year-Over-Year Comparison 

Intermodal Spot Rate vs Diesel Prices-2

Intemodal Spot Rate Index Baseline-2

Yr-Over-Yr Comparison Intermodal Spot Rate vs Diesel Prices-2

Yr-Over-Yr Percentage Comparison Intermodal Spot Rate vs Diesel Prices-2

Qtr-Over-Qtr Comparison Intermodal Spot Rate vs Diesel Prices-2

Average Intermodal Spot Rate per Mile-2

Average year-over-year 4 week moving average intermodal price-2

For more on 53' domestic intermodaltruckload , cross-border and managed transportation services, please sign-up for our weekly blogs and visit the InTek Freight and Logistics website.

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Rick is the co-founder and CEO of InTek Freight & Logistics, a company focused on being the place where companies come when faced with a logistics problem.

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