NMFC Codes Freight Class

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Did you know that if you do not have the proper NMFC Code or Freight class, your shipment charges could skyrocket!

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We know NMFC Codes and Freight classes probably better than most. We live, breathe and work with Freight classes daily and have access to every Freight Class available. Below are some main freight classes but we can get you the correct ones for your freight shipment. Contact us for help. Looking for Shipping Insurance?

Freight Class :: Master List
Freight Class :: Household Items Freight Class :: Vending Machines
Freight Class :: Athletic/Sporting Goods Freight Class :: Go Karts
Freight Class :: Auto Parts Freight Class :: Lamps
Freight Class :: Boxes/Chests Freight Class :: Furniture
Freight Class :: Office Items Freight Class :: Signs
Freight Class :: Food Items Freight Class :: Pipes/Ducts
Freight Class :: Plastic Articles Freight Class :: Solar Panels
Freight Class :: Clothing Freight Class :: Corrosive Material

NMFC stands for National Motor Freight Classification, and it is the bible of the LTL (Less Than Truckload ) industry. NMFC codes – of which there are roughly 118,000 – all break down into 18 classes. Class 50 is the lowest and 500 the highest, based on factors listed below. If you don’t know your freight class, do not guess. That is a very expensive lesson to learn when you get rebilled by the carrier

Carriers base class on four shipment characteristics:

Density Are you shipping a pallet of steel or bricks, or pillows?
Stowability How is your shipment packed? Loose – condensed?
Handling Is the freight palletized or are you shipping loose items?
Liability Are you shipping valuable electronic equipments or trinkets?




What are Freight Classes?

Freight classes are designed to help you get common standardized freight pricing for your shipment when working with different carriers, warehouses and brokers.   Freight classes are defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and made available through the NMFC or National Motor Freight Classification.

Freight classes (there are 18 of them) are based on weight, length and height, density, ease of handling, value and liability from things like theft, damage, break-ability and spoilage. For the most part, the lower the NMFC class number, the lower the freight charge.  Part of FairRateFreight’s support is to help you figure out your NMFC freight class, insuring the specialized code is correct. This insures that you get correct and consistent pricing for your freight.  The following table describes the NMFC classes and is meant for general guidance in picking your freight class, a number of factors influence what class your shipment ends up in.  You should contact a FairRateFreight Representative to determine an accurate freight class.

Class Name Cost Notes, Examples Weight Range Per Cubic Foot
Class 50 – Clean Freight Lowest Cost Fits on standard shrink-wrapped 4X4 pallet, very durable over 50 lbs
Class 55 Bricks, cement, mortar, hardwood flooring 35-50 pounds
Class 60 Car accessories & car parts 30-35 pounds
Class 65 Car accessories & car parts, bottled beverages, books in boxes 22.5-30 pounds
Class 70 Car accessories & car parts, food items, automobile engines 15 to 22.5 pounds
Class 77.5 Tires, bathroom fixtures 13.5 to 15 pounds
Class 85 Crated machinery, cast iron stoves 12-13.5 pounds
Class 92.5 Computers, monitors, refridgerators 10.5-12 pounds
Class 100 boat covers, car covers, canvase, wine cases, caskets 9-10.5 pounds
Class 110 cabinets, framed artwork, tablesaw 8-9 pounds
Class 125 Small Household appliances 7-8 pounds
Class 150 Auto sheetmetal parts, bookcases, 6-7 pounds
Class 175 Clothing, couches stuffed furniture 5-6 pounds
Class 200 Auto sheetmetal parts, aircraft parts, aluminum table, packaged matresses, 4-5 pounds
Class 250 Bamboo furniture, mattress and boxspring, plasma tv 3-4 pounds
Class 300 wood cabinets, tables, chairs setup, model boats 2-3 pounds
Class 400 Deer antlers 1-2 pounds
Class 500 – Low Density or High Value Highest Cost Bags of gold dust, ping pong balls Less than 1 lbs

Getting it wrong will cost you. If you incorrectly classify your item to be shipped it can be reclassified by the freight carrier. Disputing this is difficult, time consuming and you will be charged the difference (usually without a discount).

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