Freight Class 125

What is Freight Class 125?

Freight Class 125 is the classification most appropriate for small household appliances, pictures/posters in boxes, exhibit booths and/or vending machines that weight 7-8lbs per cubic foot. Less-than-truckload shipping uses a freight classification system determined by the National Motor Freight and Traffic Association to help shippers and carriers effectively communicate the transportability of their freight. Freight class determination is based on four categories; density, stowability, liability and handling. How much your freight weighs in relation to its size, whether or not it will fit in the trailer easily with other freight, if it’s at risk for theft or if it will need special loading equipment are all factors that need to be considered when determining the appropriate freight class.

What determines Freight Class?

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DENSITY

The density of a commodity is identified by its dimension and weight. Freight class code 125 should have a density of 7-8lbs per cubic foot.

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STOWABILITY

Will your freight need to be loaded with special equipment? If the size and shape of your freight requires a lift or a dock that will influence your freight class determination since the carrier will have to spend more time loading and unloading your freight.

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LIABILITY

Will your carrier need to take extra precaution to keep your freight safe? If you are shipping rare or highly valuable items that might be prone to theft that will affect your freight class determination since the carrier will have to make special arrangements.

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HANDLING

Will the packaging of your freight allow for other items to easily fit in the carrier’s trailer? Unique sizes and shapes of freight can affect what can be packed on, or next to your freight impacting the capacity of the carrier and, ultimately, your freight class determination.

Lookup Commodities for Freight Class

There is a wide variety of commodities that’s classified under this freight class number. We’ve outlined some of the most common commodities we ship, their associated freight class numbers and NMFC code to help you get the most accurate freight quote for your shipment.

FAQs

How many freight classes are there?
The National Motor Freight and Traffic Association has 18 freight classes numbered 50 to 500. The lower the freight class, the lower the cost of transporting that freight.
What happens when a freight class code is wrong?
It might be tempting to declare that your shipment is a lower freight class than it actually is in order to secure a lower price, however, carriers will re-classify your freight for accuracy and charge you a fee for having to do so.
Do all kitchen appliances fall under Freight Class 125?
Freight Class 125 is best suited for small household appliances such as microwaves and stoves; however, items like refrigerators or commercial freezers do not fall under this freight class.

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