NMFC Codes for common items

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Carrying Cases or Bags NOI | NMFC 187645

Are you a travel bag, sporting case, backpack or other carrying case and bag manufacturer or distributor? If so, then you’re probably familiar with the NMFC code 187645 for Cases NOI … if not, you should be.
As all shippers know, an NMFC code is the standard classification system in the freight transportation industry that is used to identify freight of all kinds. Every item on this planet is included or covered under an NMFC code or freight class… if it’s not, then it can be shipped under the closest category and “NOI.” NOI means not otherwise identified. Could you imagine being on the team that contributed to creating this system? Me either! But, freight class and NMFC codes are a critical piece to freight shipping and it’s important to understand before booking a less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment how the industry identifies your freight. This is for the safety and efficiency… not to mention, to avoid getting unexpected re-class fees.
What items are classified under the NMFC 187645 “Carrying Cases or Bags NOI” code? Several common cases and bags can fall under this freight class such as:
• Air Transport of America (ATA) Cases
• Audio (Sound) Recording Carrying Cases
• Backpack Baby Carriers
• Backpacks
• Bowling Ball or Bowling Shoe Bags or Cases;
• Lunch Boxes or Bags
• Camera, Camera Equipment or Film Projector Carrying Bags
• Gun Carrying Cases
• Handbags, hatboxes & purses
• Luggage, Suitcases & Traveling Bags
• Musical Instrument Cases

But wait … there’s more! Once you’ve identified that your freight is one of the items listed above, you have to know the density to determine the class. Freight density is the metric used to indicate an objects weight compared to relative size. It’s calculated by multiplying the length, width and height of your freight and dividing it by the total weight in other words (Density = Weight / Cubic Feet). Typically, the higher the density, the higher the cost because the carrier wants to maximize the space in the truck and if your freight will take up a lot of floor space but weighs practically nothing … they are going to charge you for the space that they could have used to fill the truck up with and this increased their profit! Once you know the density for your NMFC 187645 “Carrying Cases or Bags NOI” freight, you can determine which sub category your shipment aligns with and “VOILA”, your freight class!

The team is pretty experienced when it comes to helping our customers identify their freight class. After all, it becomes second nature when you book hundreds of shipments daily! Reach out any time and we’ll be happy to guide you through all the steps and make sure you know your freight inside and out. For freight class help, enter your shipment in here and we’ll give you a call or send an email.
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Tradeshow Shipping – Exhibition or Trade Show Booth NMFC Help

Tradeshows and exhibitions are an important marketing tool in the strategy of many businesses, especially business to business (B2B) product or service companies. The logistics of planning, getting to, setting up, during and getting home from the event can get very difficult. The area you shouldn’t have to worry about with your trade show is getting the tradeshow booth, stall and/or materials to the exhibition location.

For those that have shipped their materials or booth to a tradeshow, you know it can get difficult, especially depending on the location. If you haven’t yet, make sure that you have all the details on how to ship it correctly, otherwise you could be without a booth for your tradeshow. First thing to know is the NMFC code for tradeshow shipping. NMFC 154630 covers:

  • Exhibition or Trade Show Paraphernalia, NOI
  • Exhibition Stalls
  • Trade Show Booths
  • In boxes, crates or trunks
  • Any equipment, materials, supplies, furnishings or trapping use to construct an exhibition or trade show display

It isn’t just the NMFC code or freight class, there are a lot of other important details that come into play when quoting and booking a tradeshow shipment. The length of the shipments could cause it to be much more expensive, so ensuring the materials are packaged in a way to minimize space should reduce cost. Only certain LTL freight carriers will even take trade show shipments, as they can be very difficult to work with. You MUST include all the important information on the bill of lading and shipping documents. Finally, since we all know that the tradeshow will go on whether your booth is there or not, it is important to look into guaranteed shipping options for your shipment.

Do you have a trade show or exhibition coming up and need help with getting your booth, stalls or materials to the location? You can also request a trade show shipping quote and get the specific freight class on your shipment.

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Shipping Engines – Internal Combustion New and Used – NMFC 120800

We receive calls and emails each day from customers that are confused on how to ship their products and machinery. This happens because many types of products/machinery come with specific shipping requirements that drastically change the NMFC code, freight class and freight shipping costs, i.e. internal combustion engines.

Internal combustion engines are a highly complicated piece of machinery to ship; with over 10 different NMFC codes for various engine types that cause confusion during the initial stages of the shipping process. These engines fall under a specific NMFC code though (NMFC 120800) and require you ship them in certain manners. You need to ask yourself quite a few questions and discuss them with your shipping representative before you request a quote or ship your engine. This could determine the shipping cost and freight class of your shipment. Questions you should ask include:

  • Is the engine new or used?
    A used engine must not work and only be used for salvaging or reconditioning. If the engine is fixed or refurbished, it qualifies as new. Used engines fall under a different NMFC code and freight class.
  • Is the engine drained of all liquids?
    The engine is not allowed to be shipped unless drained of all liquids, except those necessary to prevent rust, corrosion or other damage.
  • How is it being packaged?
    The way the engine is packaged is another factor in determining the freight class. The simple difference between mounting on a wheeled shipping carrier and shipping on racks or cradles can causes large changes in freight rates.
  • What is the released value of the shipment?
    The released valuation is another large factor in determining the freight class of engines and must be given at the time of quoting, as well as notated on the bill of lading.

These guidelines only apply when shipping internal combustion engines, NOI, so it is important to make sure you have all the correct information before you book your shipment. We also have freight class experts available to answer NMFC and freight class questions. Looking to book your engine shipment? Request an engine shipping quote today!

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Mmmm… Chocolate Candy Shipping & NMFC Freight Class Help

Who doesn’t love candy? Apparently a small minority people do not! Chocolate candy does have some negative and positive side effects with certain people. One of the negative side effects is trying to ship it via an LTL or Truckload freight carrier.

Shipping chocolate candy can be a difficult task to get to the mouths of the customers. Many people don’t realize some of the difficulties in the supply chain process. Some types of chocolate do not require special accommodations, while other need temperate controlled trucks, special handling, and specific booking requirements to determine the correct cost.

One of these requirements for shipping chocolate candy is the NMFC freight class. The NMFTA made a NMFC code for chocolate candy under NOI (Not otherwise indexed). The code for chocolate candy is NMFC 39970, which also contains items like other types of candy in glass jars or metal tins.The specific freight class of the chocolate candy shipment can get slightly more complicated, with the sub classes range from class 65 to class 92.5. To accurately get the correct freight class for chocolate you must measure and weigh each pallet and run them through a density calculator. Once you have the total density you can obtain the correct class.

We also have freight class experts to assist you with your shipment, or you can request a freight quote today to ship your chocolate or candy.

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Shipping Resin & Resin Compounds | NMFC 46030 & More

We have been working hard to help our customers and partners to ensure that their shipping and supply chain processes run smoothly. Some of the recent calls and emails we have received have been asking about shipping Resin and Resin Compounds. We wanted to answer a few of these questions below:

  • What is the NMFC code for shipping resin compounds?

Many people use a standard NMFC code for shipping resin and resin compounds, as most types of products fall under this freight classification. NMFC 46030 contains all resins or resin compounds made of coal tar or petroleum. This code applies to a variety of products and has some specific features that are important to ask your shipping provider about, including the correct packaging to use. There are also four other NMFC codes that a resin shipment could fall under, which will be covered below.

  • Do you know the freight class for resin?

The freight class for resin and resin compound shipping varies based on the type of resin and if it is density-based and/or value-based. While we would love to provide a simple answer on the freight class for your specific shipment, that is not something we can easily do in this blog. The freight classification for resin can vary from freight class 55 to freight class 500. Contact us today and we would be happy to provide your specific freight class.

  • How do resin compounds need to be packaged?

Resin compounds require certain packaging in order to fall under the correct freight class. This is an important factor in ensuring your shipment is quoted at the correct cost. For instance, NMFC 46030 requires the shipment to be in multiple-wall paper bags, cloth bags, boxes or drums. We would be happy to provide you more tips on your specific shipment, as it could help to reduce your costs.

  • Does the type of resin matter for NMFC or freight class?

In short, YES. While many resins and resin compounds fall under one NMFC, it is important to be aware of the type of resin that you are shipping. For example, epoxy resins are a completely different NMFC and freight class which is based upon the value of the shipment. Another example includes resin compounds that are in paint materials, which is a density-based item. The differences in resin type can cause huge changes in freight class and shipping cost.

  • Does value matter when shipping resin?

As stated above, it depends on the type of resin compound that is being shipping. In one case, Adhesive or Epoxy Resins that are electronically conductive and made of gold or silver, the freight class is determined based upon the value of the shipment. It is important to know when you shipping a value-based product!

  • Does density matter when shipping resin compounds?

Finally, density is another factor that only plays a small part in shipping resin. When shipping resin compounds associated with paint materials, make sure you have the correct density. This is a density-based item.

If you have any other questions about shipping resin or resin compounds, please feel free to contact us. We have experts in freight classification and shipping of these products.

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Why are there 18 Freight Classes in LTL Freight Shipping?

We receive hundreds of calls, emails and form submissions each week asking our freight class experts to help determine their freight classes. Our team knows how difficult it can be to find the right freight class, especially with so many different options and factors that affect it. After all these calls lately, we wanted to answer the frequent question:

Why are there 18 freight classes in LTL freight shipping?

The freight classification of a shipment can range from freight class 50-500 and is one of a variety of factors that affect the pricing of a shipment. LTL freight classes and NMFC codes are one of the most important details on every shipment. Including the correct class in the beginning will prevent re-classes and increases in freight shipping costs. The freight class of the shipment is divided based on different factors, such as:

  • Freight Shipment Density
  • Product Type
  • NMFC Code
  • Shipment Packaging
  • New or Used

The NMFTA divides shipments among 18 different freight classes. These freight classes are 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 77.5, 85, 92.5, 100, 110, 125, 150, 175, 200, 250, 300, 400, and 500. Each of these 18 freight classes will vary based on the product of the shipment, and even on different shipments of the same product type. This is called a density-based item. The key with these items is to use a density calculator to determine the density in pounds per cubic foot, as this can change the shipment from freight class 50 to freight class 500. As a rule of thumb:

  • The lower the shipment density, the higher the freight class and cost
  • The higher the shipment density, the lower the freight class and cost
  • Feathers take up space but weigh nothing (Higher class and cost)
  • Iron or Steel take up little space but weigh a lot (Lower class and cost)

When trying to find the correct freight class for your shipment, it is important to make sure you are using the correct tools and resources. Freight class problems can quickly turn into a shipping department nightmare. Don’t let the complexity of freight classes cause issues for the rest of your business.

Pet Treats Freight Shipping | Freight Class Help | NMFC 27765

Don’t let your Pet Treats cost more than they need to!

Pet treats, while simple in concept, can be complicated when shipping. This is because of the differences between pet treats, pet foods and all other types of shipping that involves pet products. These products can fall under different freight classifications, NMFC codes and truck requirements. Many even need refrigerated trucking to prevent from spoiling.

One of the big factors that changes based on the type of pet product is the NMFC freight class. The freight class is based on many different factors, including packaging, how it is being shipped, the density of the product and more. For instance, Pet Treats fall under the NMFC code 27765. However, this only contains a certain group of pet treats that meet the following specifications:

  • Bones, Chews or Chips Pet Treats
  • Sticks or Biscuits Pet Treats
  • Other Forms or Shapes of Pet Treats
  • Edible and either flavored or not
  • In boxes, but not bags, unless the bags are placed in boxes.

As you can see, there are very specific requirements, even for a simple things such as pet treats. Based on the specifications of the shipment, especially with pet treats being a density-based item, the shipment can fall under 9 different freight classes which will drastically change the shipment cost. This can also affect the other pet products that you are looking to ship.


NMFC Freight Class Help – Paint – NMFC 149980

Lately our representatives have been receiving a lot of calls and emails regarding paint shipping. Many of the people or companies have been having issues with the shipping process, especially with regards to the freight class of paint. Our freight class experts are here to help you to make sure that your shipment doesn’t get re-classed.

When shipping paint, it is common to use NMFC 149980 for your shipment. It is important to remember that this freight classification also lists NOI, which means Not Otherwise Indexed. This NMFC code also consists of paint related products, including:

  • Paint Freight Class
  • Paint Additives & Compounds Freight Class
  • Paint Driers and Wood Fillers Freight Class
  • Lacquer, Shellacs, Stains and Varnishes Freight Class
  • Bronzing Liquids Freight Class
  • Paint Plasticizers and Solvent Freight Class

The details of shipping freight that consists of paint can be very specific. Depending on the shipment, you could be required to classify it as HazMat or other things, which could lead to the freight shipping cost to increase. It is important to consult with your freight shipping representative to ensure you are shipping paint or paint related products in the correct manner.


NMFC Freight Class Help – Cookware – NMFC 52890

Clients have been calling in confused lately about why they have been getting re-classed when they use NMFC 52890 for shipping cookware. Like many of the other product types that we have highlighted with our NMFC Freight Class Help series, this doesn’t necessarily fit all types of cookware. It is important to realize that each NMFC code is specific to certain types of products, and products from a similar type may fall under different NMFC codes and therefore have different freight classes.

It is important to choose the correct NMFC code for your cookware shipment. For your information, NMFC 52890 includes a variety of cookware items, specifically:

  • Cast iron cookware freight class
  • Kettles freight class
  • Irons freight class and
  • Griddles freight class

In contrast, NMFC 52900 is the density based freight class code for cookware items such as any sheet steel cookware or bake ware in boxes. As you can see, there are differences between NMFC codes and freight classes even in a similar product group. With this type of product, you will also need a density calculator to ensure the correct freight classification.

We have a dedicated team of NMFC freight class professionals at your disposal. Please reach out to us.

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