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.
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.
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.
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