Freight Class 400

What is Freight Class 400?

Freight Class 400 is the classification most appropriate for deer antlers and light fixtures that weigh 1-2lbs 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?

The density of a commodity is identified by its dimensions and weight. Freight class code 400 should have a density of 1-2 pounds per cubic foot.

Will your freight need to be loaded with special equipment? If the size and shape of the items you are shipping 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.

Will your carrier need to take extra precautions 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.

Will the packaging of your freight allow for other items to easily fit in the carrier’s trailer? Shipping oddly shaped, relatively fragile, and difficult to pack items like deer antlers 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 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.
What is the NMFC code for class 70?
The NMFC code varies according to the specific commodity in each class. Commodities usually in freight class 70 include: food items, car parts and engines, unassembled furniture, and machinery.
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.