What is an NMFC Number?
If you're new to LTL shipping, you may be wondering what a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number is and why it is so important. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association has created the NMFC to help shippers establish accurate pricing and ensure quality packaging for your freight throughout its journey.
So what does that actually mean?
In layman's terms, NMFC was created to have a standardized starting point to determine rates in each class. These classes range from 50 to 500. The NMFC numbers are determined by a combination of density, stowability, ease of handling and liability.
Why is the NMFC number so important?
These NMFC numbers are important because the class of a commodity plays into the rate per hundred pounds that a carrier charges for. LTL rates are determined by distance (origin to destination), weight of shipment and class of freight (NMFC). If your freight is listed at the incorrect NMFC number, it is possible that you will end up with additional fees later on.
Packaging it all together
The NMFC number associated with your commodity of freight will help you understand how the shipper calculates the prices they charge, as well as what the minimum packaging requirements are. By staying up-to-date on the most recent changes, you will avoid additional fees and capitalize on savings through LTL shipping!
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