freight class definition
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) standardized the way carriers determine shipping costs. There are 18 different class numbers from 50 to 500. These numbers correspond to the type of item being shipped and how easy it is to transport. When calculated correctly, these numbers will never change due to fluctuating fuel prices, General Rate Increases (GRIs), or distance. Although the tariff may change based on these factors, the freight class number itself remains the same as long as the goods and shipment details remain the same.
The NMFTA classifies shipments based on the following four standards:
1. Density or weight per cubic foot.
2. Stowability or space required for transport and whether the item can be stacked.
3. Handling, or how easy it is to transport the item, and the type of equipment needed to safely transport it.
4. Liability or the value of the shipment in the event of loss or damage. This factor is important when shipping perishable or fragile goods.
A freight class calculator used to calculate density or pounds per cubic foot. By entering the quantity, weight and dimensions, this calculator calculates the mailing density. A number can then be determined from the density. Most of these calculators are available online for free. The number associated with a density is just a suggestion and if you are unsure of your freight class you should contact a freight agent who can assist you.
Because the NMFTA has copyrighted the cargo classification process, the list of cargo classes cannot be released publicly. Due to this fact, many companies try to make it easier to determine your class by developing density calculators, since density is the main factor.
How to install an online calculator
As mentioned above, many companies offer you the possibility to upload or install their calculators for free. If you are a website owner and you need a freight class calculator, all you have to do is copy and paste the HTML provided by the company and save it on a page of your website.
From this point on, visitors to your website can enter their shipment details and calculate their shipment density. Visitors can then provide a carrier or freight broker with the class of their shipment if they need a shipping quote. These free online tools make determining your class simple and easy.
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