Freight class is a standard classification system for shipments, defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). It's used to categorize commodities like Decorations for transport, taking into account factors like weight, dimensions, density, storage capability, ease of handling, and liability. Freight class is a system to categorize different types of goods being shipped.
Density is a key concept in freight shipping, as it significantly impacts the freight class for commodities like Decorations and hence, the shipping cost. It is calculated as the weight of the shipment divided by its volume. Density is an important factor in determining the cost of freight shipping.
Stowability is used in freight shipping to describe how easily an item can be stowed or stored in relation to other items. For example, when trying to understand stowability for Decorations, it is important to know if the item can be packaged efficiently and stowed onto the truck easily. In other words- It's the ability of a shipment to be efficiently loaded onto a truck.
Liability is a term used to refer to the accountability or risk involved in transporting Decorations. It's one of the factors considered when determining freight class. It's the potential risk of loss or damage during the transportation process.
Handling refers to the procedures and precautions taken when moving and storing Decorations. It is one of the factors considered when determining freight class for Decorations. It's the precautions followed when moving freight.
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For many NMFC® codes there isn’t just one single class that is applied. Often, NMFC® numbers have multiple "sub-classes", which are almost always based on the density of the shipment. In the instance where your NMFC® number has multiple sub classes, it's best to contact an expert, like Koho, to help identify which subclass to use.
The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is the freight classification system devised by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and is used for all interstate, intrastate, and foreign commercial movement of LTL cargo. NMFC codes provide standardized freight classes to determine the ease of transport of many of the wide variety of commodities that are shipped together in LTL shipments.
Working with a 3PL like Koho can help you accurately determine your freight class so you can avoid re-classification fees with the carriers. For more information on the freight class system, go to the National Motor Freight and Traffic Association.