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.
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: