What is Freight Class 55?

Freight Class 55 is the class above 50, so it will typically have heavier commodities that are easier to handle with a lower liability. Determining the precise freight class number on a shipment is important because it will ensure a more accurate quote and it will save you from costly delays and reclassification fees. The weight range and density for a shipment to qualify as class 55 freight is between 35 and 50 pounds per cubic foot. Some items you’ll find commonly shipped as freight class 55 are: copy paper, rags, mortar, and hardwood flooring.

What determines Freight Class?

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Your shipment’s density is always identified through an item’s dimensions and weight. The density for class 55 freight should be between 35 and 50 pounds.

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Handling is all about how difficult it is to transfer the shipment from each LTL terminal. The handling of class 55 freight should be fairly easy.

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The value of your shipment, and its possibility of being stolen or damaged, is what is known as liability. Shipments in freight class 55, should be durable items with a lower liability.

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Stowability is determined through how your class 55 freight shipment can be arranged with other freight.

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.


How is class 55 freight calculated?
Every class is calculated by the density, stowability, liability, and handling of the shipment.
Who determines freight class 55?
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association created the NMFC® freight classes.
Is freight class 55 more expensive?
Class 55 freight is usually a less expensive shipment due to its density and liability.

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