DETERMINE FREIGHT CLASS WITH OUR FREIGHT CLASS DENSITY CALCULATOR

When freight shipping with Less Than Truckload (LTL) it is imperative to know your freight class. The most accurate way to determine that is by calculating its density. Simply fill in the blanks below and watch as our online density calculator instantly determines your freight class for you.


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WHY DENSITY IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHEN SHIPPING LTL

Knowing a freight’s density is key to determining the most accurate freight class. Freight class is a standardized classification system used in determining shipping costs for cargo transported by LTL freight shipping. There are two ways to determine fright class – NMFC codes and density. Our density calculator (see below) can help you determine your cargo's density and freight class in seconds.

  • NMFC-based freight class – The Nation Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), a nonprofit membership organization of motor carriers, created the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC) system to assign freight classes for a multitude of commodities..
  • Density-based freight class – There are two circumstances under which density, not NMFC, will determine a cargo's freight class. 1) You are using a density-based carrier. (some carriers use density rather than NMFC to determine class); 2) there is no pre-established NMFC for what you are shipping. In some cases, that may be because you are shipping several items with different freight classes in the same crate.

The density of an object is the measurement of its compactness or pounds per cubic foot (PCF). To learn how density and freight class are closely related, watch our video below:

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