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NMFC Class Codes

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All National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) commodities are separated into one of 18 different categories, or class codes, ranging from class 50 to class 500. There are four primary factors that determine the way a commodity is classified by the NMFC: density (the primary factor); value; stowability and handling considerations; and susceptibility to damage. The NMFC assigns the class of the freight based on the combination of these four factors that the commodity exhibits. The NMFC provides both carriers and shippers with a standard by which to begin pricing negotiations and greatly simplifies the comparative evaluation of the many thousands of products moving in today's marketplace. The higher the expense or the risk of hauling the commodity, the higher the class designation. Therefore, the higher the class, the higher the corresponding per hundredweight rate. This page is accessed via Order Management > Power Data > Item Classification.

You can set up multiple NMFC Articles for one NMFC class. For example, a crate of golf balls or ball bearings could share a class of 500, while the same amount of food processors or buckets of paint could share a class of 70.

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