NMFC Codes Freight Class
Did you know that if you do not have the proper NMFC Code or Freight class, your shipment charges could skyrocket!
Unsure What Your Freight Class or NMFC item # or NMFC code is?
No problem at all! If this is your first time shipment or a new product you are shipping and are not sure how to determine your freight class or if you were given an incorrect freight class and would like us to verify it, we are here to help! Use our Free Freight Class / NMFC Request form below:
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?
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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).