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Freight Classification What LTL Shippers Need To Know To Prepare For Changes To The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC)

On June 5, 2020, The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) announced multiple changes to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC), which go into effect on August 8, 2020. These changes modify existing freight classification across product groups ranging from foodstuffs and furniture to chemicals and building materials. For Less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers, understanding freight classification and the modifications to the NMFC presented in the NMFTA’s Notice of Disposition is essential to ensure your freight arrives on-time and in-budget.

To help LTL shippers navigate the complicated details of freight classification, our team of LTL shipping experts created a free downloadable Master Guide for Calculating Freight Class. Within this guide, shippers will learn the nuts and bolts of freight class, the role freight class plays in LTL shipping, and the 18 different types of freight class. By reading the Master Guide for Calculating Freight Class, shippers will save their organization time and money, confidently calculate freight class, and utilize density-based classification.

Changes To Freight Class Effective August 8, 2020

The changes made to the Freight Class System range from the removal of products, a combination of product groups, and the addition of multiple items with new freight classes.

Below are examples of changes made to freight classification by product group:

Athletic Goods Group:  

Building Materials Group: 

Box Group: 

Boilers, Furnaces and Stoves Group: 

In addition to these changes, the Foodstuffs group underwent extensive changes in freight classification:

How Shippers Can Prepare for the Upcoming Changes to Freight Class:

Understanding and correctly determining freight class is critical for shippers who want to maintain margins and ensure on-time delivery.  While changes to the NMFC are inevitable, shippers who firmly grasp freight classification will smoothly integrate these variances into their freight class calculations while saving time and money for their organization. Resources, such as GlobalTranz’s blog How To Calculate Freight Class: Get Your Printable How To Guide, and GlobalTranz’s free downloadable Master Guide for Calculating Freight Class, provide you the insights you need to confidently calculate freight class, keep your freight costs down, and boost your bottom line.

Shippers do not need to tackle the freight classification process on their own.  Partnering with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) like GlobalTranz can alleviate the stress of freight classification. Our team of LTL shipping experts has mastered the nuances of freight class and will assign your freight the appropriate freight class while avoiding costly misclassification.

Please contact us and put our expertise to work for you.

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