Cotton - 54170

Cotton - 54170

What is Freight Class?

You must assign your shipment a freight code when shipping products as LTL (less-than-truckload) freight. This standardized code, which is issued by the National Motor Freight and Traffic Association, allows carriers to identify qualities of the shipment to help with transportation.
Ship cotton accurately by using the information below:
54170
Cotton
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Subclasses for

Cotton - 54170

Having multiple subclasses is fairly common for NMFC numbers. These subclasses are primarily based on the density of the shipment.
In this instance, the commodity, cotton, is further broken down in the following subclasses:

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freight subclasses

Subclass Info

54170-1

54170-2

85

70

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In bags; or in bales compressed to a density of less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot

In bales compressed to a density of not less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot, shipper must show density on shipping orders and bills of lading at time of shipment. If density is not shown and shipment is inadvertently accepted, class will initially be assessed under the 'in bales compressed to a density of less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot' provision. Upon satisfactory proof of actual density, class will be adjusted accordingly.

In bags; or in bales compressed to a density of less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot

In bales compressed to a density of not less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot, shipper must show density on shipping orders and bills of lading at time of shipment. If density is not shown and shipment is inadvertently accepted, class will initially be assessed under the 'in bales compressed to a density of less than 221/2 pounds per cubic foot' provision. Upon satisfactory proof of actual density, class will be adjusted accordingly.

Subclass NMFC Code
Freight Class
Subclass Notes
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Please note: This is for educational purposes only. Ultimately, the carrier reserves the right to classify the groups.

FAQs

What is freight class code definition?

Created and maintained by a nonprofit membership organization named the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is a classification system used for interstate, intrastate, and foreign commerce movement of LTL shipments. You can learn more from the experts at Koho on our freight classes pages.

Is an NMFC code required?

Adding NMFC code to a shipment is technically optional, but the NMFC codes can help avoid reclassification and ensure you're using the correct freight class number.

Can I always use density to find the right NMFC class?

No. While density is one of the primary factors in determining NMFC freight class, other factors, such as value, are also used in making that determination. Gold bars, for example, are very dense, but they fall into shipping class 500 along with very low-density items because of their high value.