Retailers, here is another acronym to confuse you. What is an NMFC number?

July 23rd, 2010

Yesterday we discussed UNSPC. If you did not get a chance to read the post or just want know, click the link at the top of this page. And then read on to learn about NMFC

An NMFC number is a National Motor Freight Association Classification. The code is a numeric indicator that identifies each specific type of product that can be shipped by a LTL (Less than full Load) carrier. The National Motor Freight Association presets these product classifications quarterly. If you have the NMFC number on your bill of lading you can avoid constant re-classification and therefore accurately identify each product you ship.
Typically you would use LTL to deliver these products when they weigh over 150 pounds and fill less than because it is less expensive than using parcel post services but is less than a truck load (TL). However be ware that in LTL shipping there are a lot of potential added costs

When your item weighs more than 150 lbs., truck transportation is more economical than using a parcel post service. Common carriers transport your item on a truck with additional small shipments from other companies so that the costs for transportation are shared. Any service that isn’t considered “standard procedure” may require additional fees such as lift gate pick up or delivery, inside pick up or delivery, notification prior to pick up or delivery, sort and segregate for delivery by the driver, HAZMAT fees and many more.

If you?re going to buy it knowing the terminology, where to get the data you require and how to actually ship it may help you from avoiding leakage of savings attained during your sourcing of the product.

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