Determine the freight class for your LTL shipment with New Penn's fast and personal service online or by email:
- Contact customer service at 800.285.5000 or via email.
- Complete our online form, and we’ll provide the freight class in one business day.
Be prepared to answer these questions to determine your freight class:
You will use the NMFC number to determine the rate of your LTL shipment and on your Bill of Lading. Each NMFC item number should have a corresponding piece count and weight on your Bill of Lading.
- Describe the item being shipped.
- What is your product made of?
- How is it used?
- How is it packaged?
- What is the accurate value of the item?
- What is the density of the item?
Note: Calculate density by comparing the weight of an item with the space it takes up (pounds/cubic feet).
- Is the item new or used?
About Freight Classes
Different types of products have different shipping costs associated with them. The motor carrier industry defines products being shipped according to certain characteristics: density, stowability, handling and liability. Each definition, or description, is called a freight classification or, simply, a freight class.
New Penn needs each shipment’s freight class to determine shipping charges. Most ground transportation providers use a reference called the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) to determine freight classes for rating purposes.
The NMFC catalogs freight classes and assigns item numbers to products being shipped. To calculate the shipping charges, New Penn consults the NMFC to find the best description for each product in the shipment. For each description, the NMFC also specifies the associated shipment class and item number.
The NMFC item number and the text describing the product should be stated on the bill of lading for every shipment tendered to New Penn.