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Freight Class Guide

What is Freight Class?

When you are shipping goods, you need to be aware of what Freight Class is. There are 18 categories that are used to classify LTL (less than truckload) shipments, such as the density, stowability, handling and liability of the cargo. Freight Class takes these categories into consideration when working out the freight cost.

Why is Freight Class Important?

It is important to consider freight class when using moderately small freight, such as less than load (LTL) shipping. It enables shippers to standardize freight prices, making the pricing strategy much fairer. It is essential that consumers find out their classification prior to receiving a quote for their shipment. Once consumers know their class code, you can compare costs. If you use the wrong classification when requesting a quote, the shipper will have to recalculate the quote, resulting in a higher shipping cost than initially expected. You can find out your freight class by using the Freight Shipping Guide provided.

How to Determine Freight Class

Your freight class is determined by transportation elements, such as the density, stowability, ease of handling and the liability of the cargo. Some loads will always be in the same freight class regardless, for example, transmission is class 85.
To calculate the density of your freight, follow the steps below:
  1.  Measure the length, width and height of your freight in its packaging (in inches, in)
  2. Multiply these measurements (LxHxW=Volume)
  3. Divide this number by 1,728. (This is to find out the cubic feet. 1,728 is the number of cubic inches in a cubic foot)
  4. Once you’ve worked out the answer to step 4, divide the weight of your freight (in pounds, lbs) by the total cubic feet
  5. You now have the density of your freight. Using this number, find out the classification of your freight below.
Class CodeType of FreightWeight per ft3 (in lbs)
50Fits on a standard 4×4 pallet, durable freight50 +
55Bricks, cement, hardwood, construction materials35-50
60Auto accessories, car parts30-35
65Car accessories & parts, boxed books, bottled drinks22.5-30
70Car accessories & parts, auto engines, food items15-22.5
77.5Tires, bathroom fixtures13.5-15
85Crated machinery, cast iron stoves12-13.5
92.5Computers, monitors, refrigerators10.5-12
100Car covers, canvas, boat covers, wine cases, caskets9-10.5
110Cabinets, framed art, table saws8-9
125Small home appliances7-8
150 Auto sheet metal, book cases6-7
175Clothing, stuffed furniture5-6
200Sheet metal parts, aluminum tables, packaged mattresses, aircraft parts4-5
250Mattresses & box springs, plasma TVs, bamboo furniture3-4
300Model boats, assembled chairs, tables, wood cabinets2-3
400Deer antlers1-2
500Gold dust, pin pong balls<1

Things to Consider when Working out your Freight Class

Making sure you work out your freight class right can be a little complicated. It is a common occurrence that objects you wouldn’t consider similar, end up being grouped in the same category. It is also important that the NMFTA update their database, and classifications may change. So whilst you may use the same classification for goods you ship regularly, make sure you check your freight class is still up to date.

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