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To stack or not to stack? That is the question!

Whether or not your shipment contains stackable freight is important to many factors that affect the freight shipping process. These factors can affect the price, trailer space used and overall shipment process. The current status of the transportation industry is making it extremely important to make sure you pay attention to the question, “To stack or not to stack?”

As capacity tightens in the industry, carriers are making sure they use all the trailer space in their trucks and essentially making freight fit where it shouldn’t sometimes. Because of this, many businesses and shippers are having problems with damaged freight. Carriers prefer to have clean stackable freight, which includes shipments that are wrapped and palletized, with no overhangs and are stackable.

Read More about How to Decrease Damage Risk.

Printed Material Shipping – Printed Matter

Many freight shipping customers have had LTL freight class issues when it comes to shipping printed materials, also known as printed matter. There is a misconception for many that NMFC freight classification for all printed matter is freight class 55 and that is untrue. The NMFC codes for these printed materials read very differently and can be confusing to those not trained in freight classification.

Items classified as freight class 55 are mostly unprinted matter shipping items. The only printed matter item with an NMFC code that LTL Freight Shop has come across, that falls under freight class 55, is new and used magazines and periodicals.

If your material description on you Bill of Lading reads “Printed Matter” or “Printed Materials”, then you must understand the ins and outs.

Read more about Logistics and Shipping Tips.

Freight Class 50

NMFC freight classifications are divided into 18 freight classes. Many of the common NMFC codes fall under freight class 50. LTL freight carriers prefer items in freight class 50 because they are more durable goods and not as susceptible to freight damage as the higher freight class items.

Items with a freight classification of freight class 50 are also referred to as “clean freight” by national LTL freight carriers.

Items typically included: Iron, steel, strip steel, castings, spare parts, bolts, screws, nuts, forms and molds with a cubic density of 50 pounds per cubic foot.

Read MORE: NMFC Freight Classifications - Freight Class 50

LTL Freight Shipping – What is LTL?

LTL: Less than Truckload.

In layman’s terms, LTL means “Part of the truck.” LTL freight shipments can range from 100lbs to 7,000lbs, however the average weight of an LTL shipment is about 1,200lbs and the size is of a standard pallet.

Advantage: cost savings to the customer

Disadvantage: length of transit time

View article: LTL Freight Shipping - What is LTL?