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What Are Freight Classes?


Q: What are freight classes?


A: Freight class, or NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification), is a shipping industry standard and grouping system developed by the nonprofit National Motor Freight Traffic Association. It’s used for interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce movement of LTL (less than truckload) shipments. Freight class describes a commodity’s overall “transportability.” Knowing the freight class is a key element to having the correct rate, saving money, and shipping LTL properly The four primary metrics used to calculate transportability are:


* Density

* Ease of handling

* Liability

* Stowability


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