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What Are Freight Classes?

What Are Freight Classes?

When you need reliable transportation for your goods, it’s important to understand the different freight classes that exist. At Royal Transportation Services, we’re here to simplify the process. Once we know more about what it is that you’re shipping, we can determine the freight class that you fall into. It will also determine what the freight charge will be and what your various transportation options are.

You don’t have to know your freight class when you call to get a quote. That’s what we’re here for. We’ll take good care of you and your goods to ensure that they get to where they need to go.

What Are Freight Classes?

There are a total of 18 freight classes, so it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which one you’re in. The good news is that our logistics teams will help you every step of the way. We identify the class that you’re in based on various details such as:

  • Height
  • Length
  • Weight
  • Density
  • Ease of handling
  • Value
  • Spoilage
  • Breakability

The NMFC class number that your shipment is given will determine the fright charge. The lower the number, the less it will cost you to transport your goods.

Often, there’s not much that you can do in order to reduce your class number simply because of what it is that you’re transporting. Your products are predetermined, so things like car accessories are going to be in a lower class than wood cabinets, tables, and other items simply because of size and weight.

What Freight Class Are You In?

What is your freight class? The best way to find out is to call Royal Transportation Services so that we can ask a few questions. Once you tell us more about what it is that you’re shipping, we can narrow it down and put you into a particular NMFC code. Additionally, if you’re not the original manufacturer of the item that you’re shipping, you can call the manufacturer to find out what code has been established for their products. This way, you can relay the code to us so that we can provide you with more accurate transportation quotes.

Why Have Freight Classes?

The freight classes have been in place for a while as it makes it easier to find the freight carrier who can best accommodate you. Whether you’re choosing LTL or FTL trucking, the freight class has to be known. It will be included on the bill of lading and make it easier to find the best transportation methods for your business.

We’re dedicated to making sure that the right class is found the first time around. If you get the freight class wrong, it can slow down your shipment and even make it harder to get your products to the destination because of having to change freight carriers.

With the help of our logistics team members, we’ll manage every aspect of your transportation needs. This includes identifying the freight class and exploring the most cost-effective solutions to ensure that your goods get to where they need to go in a timely fashion each and every time.

If you want help determining your freight class or want a quote for transportation, contact us for information today.