Shipping can be costly and if your company is invested in shipping freight, you likely want to understand how freight shipping is calculated. Carriers are free to develop their own rates according to classification methods of their own choosing, and they will either have standardized shipping rates or they will negotiate rates with customers. Many companies look to the National Motor Freight Transportation Association (NMFTA Inc.), and the classification system, National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) set forth by the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB), an autonomous committee governed by a group of seven members, each full-time employees of the NMFTA. The NMFC provides a comparison of products moving by motor carrier in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce.
Carriers are not required to fix their rates according to the NMFC, though they often do, as hundreds of carriers belong to the NMFTA, so if regularly ship freight and wonder how freight is often calculated, understanding this particular freight classification system is likely useful. The NMFTA members consist of freight carriers and transportation businesses operating in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce.
If, upon receiving a freight quote, you discover your carrier is determining freight classes with the help of freight classification standards set by the CCSB, you can use information found at this website to understand more specifically how your freight shipping quote was determined.
It is important to understand that neither the CCSB nor the NMFTA suggest monetary rates for any shipment. They only suggest a specific method by which freight carriers can classify freight according to varying physical attributes. Carriers that determine their freight classification standards according to standards set by the CCSB determine their monetary shipping values by implementing a unique monetary scale created by the carrier, as seen fit by the carrier alone.
While commonly used as a method of freight classification and used here, carriers that participate in the NMFC are neither constrained nor compelled to use or abide by its provisions; carriers always have the free and unrestrained right of independent action and may deviate from any provision of the NMFC.
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