Example calculation: Your 40" x 48" pallet has a height of 48" and weighs 425 lbs.
- If you add 1.7 lbs to the pallet without increasing the volume, your class will change to 110. At a lower class you will be charged less per pound and that may result in a lower total cost.
- Or if you can lower the height of your pallet by 0.2 inches without changing the weight, your class will change to 110.
- Always pick as small a pallet as you can to package your items. The density calculations start with Length x Width x Height so if you start with a pallet that is 25% wider than you need the rate will often come in higher than it has to since the class will be higher.
- If you don't want anything stacked on your skid put "do-not-stack" stickers on the skids instead of the no-stack pyramids. Some freight companies will include these pyramids on the height some don't.
- If you can safely stack more on 1 skid rather than split into multiple skids this will avoid the height of the pallet itself which is commonly 6-8".
- Shop around! Different freight companies and brokers have better discounts on certain lanes than others. These discounts change based on the amount of freight going from area to area at any given time so always check, it can change from day to day.
- Even if you use a freight broker always shop around, you will rarely find any one broker that will always have the best rate.
- If you are going to insure your shipment, use an third party insurance company, this is often cheaper than the insurance an agency can provide. Also some of your company insurance may cover freight insurance so you don't need to buy it at all.
* This is an esitmate only as the density is the main factor for determination of class but some other factors can effect it such as value of freight, oversize, special loading/unloading requirements, perishability, etc. Freightclasscalc.com accepts no liabilty for any inaccurate class estimates. For any questions about classification and accuracy you can contact NMFTA at http://www.nmfta.org/Pages/ContactUs.aspx.
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