what is the NMFC?

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NMFC is a term used for National Motor Freight Classification. It is a  standard which applies to provide certain comparisons of different  commodities which are being transferred to inter and intra state or  foreign commerce. The concept of this standard is quite similar to those used for grouping and grading certain systems that serve other  applications and industries. Basically, the commodities are grouped into several classes. You could find up to 18 classes in all for different  types of items to be transferred.

There are lower types of class 50 to a much higher class of 500. The  standardization of the commodities are actually based on the assessment  of four different transportation features. There are other criteria you  must consider such as the density of the product, handling and liability as well as storability. If you  combine all these elements together, you would determine the  a ˜transportability™ of the item or commodity. You would establish if the commodity is amenable for transportation or not.

How are the transportation characteristics determined? These  prescribed features are basically determined courtesy of the Interstate  Commerce Commission or ICC initially in the year 1983. However, the succeeding organization, Surface Transportation Board or  STB mandated the said transportation characteristics. In the  contemporary times, the STB does not regulate the classification  criteria. This is done through the analysis of the commodities based  exclusively on the mentioned characteristics.

It is the NMFC which basically offers shippers and carriers the  standard used for negotiations along with the simplification of the  comparative assessment of the products. This is made to conveniently  evaluate thousands of commodities which are basically moving in and out  the modern and contemporary competitive marketplace. The NMFC is also  used to identify least packaging requirements for the protection of  motor carriers. It also ensures that the items are safely and  practically handled and stored.

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