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What are Freight Classes?

Freight classes are designed to help you get common standardized freight pricing for your shipment when working with different carriers, warehouses and brokers. Freight classes are defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and made available through the NMFC or National Motor Freight Classification.

Freight classes (there are 18 of them) are based on weight, length and height, density, ease of handling, value and liability from things like theft, damage, break-ability and spoilage. For the most part, the lower the NMFC class number, the lower the freight charge. Part of PRO PAK,s job is to help you figure out your NMFC freight class, insuring the specialized code is correct. This insures that you get correct and consistent pricing for your freight. The following table describes the NMFC classes and is meant for general guidance in picking your freight class, a number of factors influence what class your shipment ends up in. You should contact PRO PAK Freight Representative to determine an accurate freight class.

Class Name Cost Notes, Examples Weight Range Per Cubic Foot

Class 50 – Clean Freight Lowest Cost Fits on standard shrink-wrapped 4X4 pallet, very durable over 50 lbs

Class 55  Bricks, cement, mortar, hardwood flooring 35-50 pounds

Class 60  Car accessories & car parts 30-35 pounds

Class 65  Car accessories & car parts, bottled beverages, books in boxes 22.5-30 pounds

Class 70  Car accessories & car parts, food items, automobile engines 15 to 22.5 pounds

Class 77.5  Tires, bathroom fixtures 13.5 to 15 pounds

Class 85  Crated machinery, cast iron stoves 12-13.5 pounds

Class 92.5  Computers, monitors, refridgerators 10.5-12 pounds

Class 100  boat covers, car covers, canvase, wine cases, caskets 9-10.5 pounds

Class 110  cabinets, framed artwork, tablesaw 8-9 pounds

Class 125  Small Household appliances 7-8 pounds

Class 150  Auto sheetmetal parts, bookcases, 6-7 pounds

Class 175  Clothing, couches stuffed furniture 5-6 pounds

Class 200  Auto sheetmetal parts, aircraft parts, aluminum table, packaged matresses, 4-5 pounds

Class 250  Bamboo furniture, mattress and boxspring, plasma tv 3-4 pounds

Class 300  wood cabinets, tables, chairs setup, model boats 2-3 pounds

Class 400  Deer antlers 1-2 pounds

Class 500 – Low Density or High Value Highest Cost Bags of gold dust, ping pong balls Less than 1 lbs

Getting it wrong will cost you. If you incorrectly classify your item to be shipped it can be reclassified by the freight carrier. Disputing this is difficult, time consuming and you will be charged the difference (usually without a discount).

Getting the Right Code

There are several things you can to to get the right NMFC Code:

Call PRO PAK Freight at (702) 647-1980 Or

Contact the manufacturer of your item, most often they will know the

NMFC codes for their products.

Contact the National Motor Freight Traffic Association – NMFTA Contact


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