Ship Freight via Pallet or Crate
Cargo transference is a common practice worldwide and a vast majority of customers need palletized shipping services. This method consists of loading your cargo onto portable, rigid platforms that are used to consolidate shipments and allow for more simple transportation.
By palletizing your shipment, your multi-piece shipment will remain together and will have increased protection from damage during transit. The pallet and contents are considered as one piece.
Non-palletized cargo consists of items such as boxes, containers or loose items that have not been bound to a pallet. The loose items are considered one in their own.
What are Pallets?
There are multiple types of pallets used for shipping. Quality pallets are usually constructed of either plastic or wood and can weigh anywhere from 20 lbs to 70 lbs. They should always be created to accommodate the cargo without hanging over the edges of the pallet. If the pallets aren’t large enough and there is overhang, the cargo could be subjected to damage.
Calculate Freight Class
Density is one factor used to calculate freight class. It’s based on the number of pieces in the shipment and the shipment’s dimensions and weight, ranging from 50 to 1.
A shipment with a lower density typically has a higher shipment classification.
In addition to an estimated density, our cargo density calculator will provide you with a recommended class for your shipment. The freight class chart below is an
abbreviated scale you can use to classify shipments.
- Less than 1 = Class 400
- 1 but let less than 2 = Class 300
- 2 but less than 4 = Class 250
- 4 but less than 6 = Class 150
- 6 but less than 8 = Class 125
- 8 but less than 10 = Class 100
- 10 but less than 12 = Class 9.5
- 12 but less than 15 = Class 85
- Over 15 = Class 70
What is freight classification…
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) developed a cargo classification chart for all types of commodities to standardize cargo shipping pricing. This classification, including definitions of classes, is cataloged with National Motor Freight Classification tariff, commonly referred to as the NMFC.
Shipping commodities are grouped into 18 classes between 50 and 500. Shippers and carriers use the NMFC freight classifications as a common standard when setting shipping rates.
And what is class based on?
Classifications are based on four characteristics:
- Density: The weight per cubic foot of the cargo.
- Stowability: The length and width based on carrier mode rules.
- Ease of Handling: Evaluation of the care involved in transporting the commodity.
- Liability: This includes the price/lb, susceptibility to theft, liability to damage, breakability and perishability.
Other Important Information:
- Glossary – learn the different terms used in the shipping industry
- Flatbed Trucking Chart – see the different trucking options available for shipping cargo
- Class Calculator - find out how your shipment is classified
- Shipping Hazardous Materials – important tips on shipping HAZMAT
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