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Determining Freight Class

When booking your freight shipment, one of the first questions you'll be asked — after to where you're shipping it and when it needs to be there — is what is the "class" of your shipment?

The class of your freight is determined by its contents. Different types of products have different costs associated with them, based primarily on their value and density. There are 18 possible freight classes ranging from Class 50 (the least expensive) to Class 500 (the most expensive).

Determining Freight Class
Freight classes are catalogued in the National Motor Freight Classification tariff. Your Unishippers office freight associate is very knowledgeable about freight classes and can help you determine the appropriate class of your freight, and identify any applicable rules and packing requirements.

Calculating Freight Class
Less-than-truckload shipments are commonly rated per hundred pounds. The rates are based on several factors, including:

  • Weight of the shipment
  • Density of the shipment
  • Product's susceptibility to damage
  • Loadability and handling characteristics of the product

These items are taken into consideration when establishing the classification of your shipment. The higher the class, the higher the rate for every hundred pounds you ship. For more information about measuring your shipment, click here. Again, your Unishippers Shipping Consultant can help you with every aspect of your freight shipment.

For additional assistance, please click here to contact your Unishippers office or call 1-866-99-USHIP.