What Information Is in the National Motor Freight Classification Guide?


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The National Motor Freight Classification Guide provides class names and corresponding weight units per cubic foot to measure and compare products that travel by motor freight vehicles. The classification system has 18 classes that range from 50 to 500, and provides a guide of highest and lowest class cost.

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At the bottom of the chart, and having the highest cost, is Class 500, which has a weight unit per cubic foot of less than one pound, and examples of which are ping pong balls and bags of gold dust. In the middle range is Class 110, which designates a weight unit per cubic foot of between eight and nine pounds, and which encompasses framed artwork, table saws and cabinets. Class 50 – Clean Freight is at the top of the chart, has the lowest cost and covers items with a weight unit per cubic foot of over 50 pounds. Items in this category include very durable items that fit on standard shrink-wrapped 4X4 pallets.

The National Motor Freight Classification Guide assigns class based on density, handling, stowability and liability. The guide identifies the Class 500 as having a lower density. The liability factor considers each load's protection from theft, damage, breakability and spoilage.

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