Determine Freight Class

Learn how to properly classify your freight shipments to ensure problem free delivery of your cargo.

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When booking your LTL freight shipment, one of the questions you’ll need to answer is, What is the class of your shipment? Freight class is catalogued in the National Motor Freight Classification tariff and determined based on several factors such as:

  • Contents of the shipment
  • Value of the shipment
  • Density of the shipment
  • Product’s susceptibility to damage
  • Loadability and handling characteristics of the product

There are a total of 18 possible freight classes ranging from Class 50 (the least expensive) to Class 500 (the most expensive). The higher the class of the shipment, the higher the rate for every hundred pounds you ship.

Your Unishippers freight associate is very knowledgeable about freight classes and can help you determine the appropriate class for your freight shipments along with any applicable rules and packing requirements. You’ll need to know your shipment’s density – which you can calculate using our easy Freight Density Calculator.

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The Unishippers freight quote system delivers no-hassle pricing from 65+ of the nations best freight carriers. Our goal is to begin a long-term shipping relationship with you be providing:

  • Automated price quote delivered immediately after completing the freight quote form, followed by a human expert’s review to ensure optimal freight pricing for your unique situation.
  • Free shipping and logistics consulting to ensure your shipments are classed correctly and delivered without a hitch.
  • Ongoing needs assessments, advice, and support from our local shipping teams.

Benefits of Shipping with a 3PL Like Unishippers

  • Excellent Prices – We offer great freight prices that only come by negotiating with the group buying power of our 90,000+ shipping customers.
  • Freight Logistics Expertise – With over 60 years experience we know how to make freight shipping hassle free, affordable and efficient.
  • Relentless Support – We work tirelessly with our freight partners to resolve problems and disputes, so you don’t have to!

Types of Freight Shipping We Offer:

  • Less-than-Truckload (LTL) – For freight shipments that will not fill an entire truck trailer, typically weighing between 150 and 15,000 pounds. You only pay for the space you use in the truck based on location, dimensions, mode and cargo type.
  • Truckload (FTL) – For freight loads that require an entire truck trailer. FTL is more expensive that LTL because you are not sharing the cost with other shippers but faster because the truck only travels to your destination(s).
  • Air Freight – Although more expensive that other options, shipping freight via an air carrier typically ensures the fastest delivery for time-sensitive domestic and international cargo.
  • International – When you ship to destinations outside the United States the process becomes significantly more complex because of required documentation, tariffs, and customs laws.
  • Ocean – The least expensive shipping option for large and heavy freight cargo destined for overseas delivery.
  • Specialty – When your freight shipments require temperature control, white glove delivery, hazmat compliance, reverse logistics, or expedited delivery.
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