Freight Class 175

What is Freight Class 175?

Freight Class 175 is the classification most appropriate for fabric-based goods such as clothing, couches, stuffed furniture along with metal cabinets that weigh 5-6lbs 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?

DENSITY

The density of a commodity is identified by its dimension and weight. Freight class code 175 should have a density of 5-6lbs per cubic foot.

STOWABILITY

Will your freight need to be loaded with special equipment? If the size and shape of the furniture, cabinetry or clothing you are shipping will require a lift or a dock it will influence your freight class determination since the carrier will have to spend more time loading and unloading your freight.

LIABILITY

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

HANDLING

Will the packaging of your freight allow for other items to easily fit in the carrier’s trailer? Furniture pieces, cabinets or clothing items that can’t have anything packed on top of it impacts the capacity of the carrier and, ultimately, your freight class determination.

Look Up 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

What is the most expensive freight class?
Freight Class 500 freight is the most expensive to ship. This classification is reserved for items of very high value or for items that use lots of space but weigh very little.
What is the purpose of freight classification?
Freight classification groups products based on similar density, stowability, handling and liability so carriers and shippers have an effective way of communicating the ease of transporting said freight.
What is the best way to calculate your freight class?
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.

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