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Easy Guide to Freight Class

Get your Easy Guide to Freight Class below where we further elaborate on how to determine the right class for your shipment.

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Which do you think would be more expensive to ship, 50 pounds of feathers or 50 pounds of bricks? Think about it in terms of weight and freight density. If you guessed 50 pounds of feathers, you are correct. Why? Feathers are much lighter than bricks, but 50 pounds of feathers take up much space in the trailer. Our Easy Guide to Freight Class teaches you how to determine the right class for your shipment.

The NMFC® standard compares commodities moving in interstate, intrastate, and foreign commerce. It’s similar to other groupings or grading systems that many other industries use. Our guide takes the boring NMFC standards and makes them easier to understand.

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Freight Class FAQs

Q. How does freight class affect packaging requirements?

A. Freight class plays a significant role in determining packaging requirements for shipments. Higher freight classes, which indicate higher density or greater difficulty in handling, often require stronger and more secure packaging to withstand the rigors of transportation. Proper packaging helps ensure the shipment arrives intact and undamaged, reducing the risk of costly freight claims.

Q. What packaging materials are suitable for different freight classes?

A. Packaging materials vary depending on the freight class and the nature of the items being shipped. For lower freight classes (e.g., Class 50-100), standard cardboard boxes and basic cushioning materials like bubble wrap or packing peanuts may suffice. However, for higher freight classes (e.g., Class 200-400), heavier-duty packaging materials such as double-walled corrugated boxes, wooden crates, or pallets may be necessary to provide adequate protection and support.

Q. How does improper packaging affect freight class determination?

A. Improper packaging can result in the reclassification of freight to a higher freight class. If a shipment is inadequately packaged and deemed more susceptible to damage during transit, carriers may reclassify it to a higher freight class to reflect the increased risk. This can lead to higher shipping costs for the shipper. Therefore, following proper packaging guidelines is essential to avoid unexpected reclassification and associated expenses.

Q. Are there specific packaging guidelines for hazardous materials in different freight classes?

A. There are specific packaging guidelines for hazardous materials based on their respective freight classes. Hazardous materials must be packaged according to strict regulations outlined by governing authorities such as the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Packaging requirements may include using specialized containers, cushioning materials, and hazard labeling to ensure safe handling and transportation. It’s crucial for shippers to adhere to these guidelines to prevent accidents and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.


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