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Everything You Need to Know to Properly Class Your Freight

Everything You Need To Know About Freight Class

When shipments aren't assigned the right freight class, it can lead to costly fees, delays and even damage during transit. Taking steps to properly class your freight can reduce your overall shipping expenditure and help get a more accurate freight quote

What is freight class?

Freight class is a standardized way of classifying your less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments based on density, stowability, liability and handling. Each of the 18 freight classes help carriers and shippers identify, compare and price shipments.

Why is freight class important?

Freight classes bring standardization to LTL shipping, making it easier for all parties involved to keep your shipments moving without damage, delay or difficulty. Properly classified freight can help you:

  • Save time and effort
  • Lower your shipping costs
  • Improve care during shipping

How to determine your freight class

  1. Deciding if your shipment is commodity- or density-based.
  2. Calculating the density of your shipment.
  3. Use online resources to identify the freight class.

Download Unishippers' guide to freight class

Knowing how to properly class your freight can help your business avoid unnecessary LTL shipping fees and supply chain setbacks. Ready to streamline your freight shipping and ensure your shipment reaches its destination safely and on time? Download Unishippers' comprehensive guide to learn everything you need to know to properly class your freight.