Freight Class 77.5

What is Freight Class 77.5?

Freight Class 77.5 is the classification most appropriate for tires, snowplows, bathroom fixtures, and garments including shirts and pants that weigh 13.5-15lbs 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 77.5 should have a density of 13.5-15 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? 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.

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

How can I determine NMFC codes?
An organization named the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) publishes a list of freight class designations, codes, and subclasses for frequently shipped commodities. You must pay a subscription fee to view it.
Does freight class 77.5 work for all garments?
No. Depending on how they are packed, the density of a shipment of garments may vary. Freight class 77.5 includes shipments with a density of 13.5-15lbs per cubic foot. Garments that are packaged more or less densely will be in a different freight class.
How is freight class calculated?
The first step in determining your freight class is to take measurements. Measure the height, width and depth of your shipment then multiple those three measurements together for the total cubic feet. Then divide the total cubic inches by 1,728 (the number of cubic inches in a cubic foot). Finally, divide the weight (in pounds) of the shipment by the total cubic feet.