What is Freight Class 65?

Freight Class 65 is the classification most appropriate for car parts & accessories, bottled beverages, books in boxes, conveyors, chocolate in boxes, electric cords and/or tile that weigh 22.5-30lbs 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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The density of a commodity is identified by its dimension and weight. Freight class code 70 should have a density of 22.5 - 30 pounds per cubic foot.

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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.

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Will your carrier need to take extra precaution to keep your freight safe? If you are shipping rare or valuable items such as car parts, conveyors, electric cords or tile that are prone to theft this will affect your freight class determination since the carrier will have to make special arrangements.

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Will the packaging of your freight allow for other items to easily fit in the carrier’s trailer? Shipping items such as bottled beverages, chocolates or car accessories that can’t have anything packed on top of them 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.


What is the NMFC® code for Freight Class 65?
The NMFC® can vary depending on the item. It's best to contact an expert, like Koho, to help identify which NMFC® code to use.
Are NMFC® and Freight Classes the same thing?
Every commodity has both a freight class and a NMFC® code. Freight class represents a category of items while NMFC® codes relate to specific commodities within each of the 18 freight classes.
What is the least expensive freight class?
Freight Class 50 is the least expensive because it refers to the freight that is easiest to transport for the carriers.

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