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An Introduction to Freight Classifications

Today’s blog is part of our Freight 101 series — an introduction to freight classifications. Knowing freight classifications will save you time and money. Freight Classifications are used by shippers and carriers to obtain standardized freight pricing. They are established by the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB), which includes three to seven National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) members. The NMFTA freight classification scheme is published in the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) tariff. It is crucial that shippers determine the correct freight class. Carriers use the NMFC tariff to determine their freight charge. An incorrect freight class = a costly reclassification adjustments.

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Nearly All Shipment Adjustments Can Be Avoided

Any change to the bill of lading may result in a shipment adjustment.

Shipment adjustments are costly, when they aren’t in your favor, but did you know they’re easy to avoid? Yes, that’s right. Nearly all shipment adjustments can be avoided with proper planning and communication. Let’s start with the basics.  Adjustments are up to the freight carrier’s discretion and are applied when the information provided by the shipper does not match the actual shipment details. Most shipping adjustments occur due to variances in shipment size and/or weight. Prior to quoting make sure all of your shipment information is accurate.  For accurate quotes you must provide the dimensions, weight and packaging information. There are other factors that will likely result in a shipping adjustment, such as special handling.  Here are six (6) common adjustments:

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How to dispute Common Carrier re-weighs

Re-weighs occurs when the weight on the BOL does not match the weight on the carrier's scale.

Use the precise weight of the pallet (or other packaging) and not approximations.

We polled our customers to find out what they wanted to read about in our next blog and the number one response was “How to dispute Common Carrier re-weighs.” Freight re-weighs are a common issue. Adjustments to freight charges occur when the information on the Bill of Lading (BOL) does not match the actual shipment. Re-weighs are up to the carrier’s discretion and can happen at any terminal your freight moves through. Most carriers will not intentionally re-weigh the product at an artificial weight as — their reputation and character are on the line. Ninety percent (90 %) of all re weighs are correct, however mistakes do happen.

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