The National Motor Freight Classification® and ClassIT®, the online
version of the NMFC, are standards tools that provide a comparison of commodities
moving in interstate, intrastate and foreign transport. Based on an evaluation
of density, stowability, ease of handling and liability, the commodities are grouped
into one of 18 classes. The NMFC and ClassIT provide both carriers
and shippers with a standard by which to begin negotiations and greatly simplify
the comparative evaluation of the many thousands of products moving in today’s marketplace.
Participation in the National Motor Freight Classification allows a carrier
to use or reference the NMFC in their rate schedules or contracts with their
customers. Participation is accomplished by the completion of a license agreement,
authorizing NMFTA to publish the carrier’s participation in the NMFC,
and payment of an annual fee. Only those carriers that are bona fide participants
in the classification may use or refer to its provisions. Participation may be verified
by utilizing the “Carrier” search feature in the Advanced Search function.
The NMFC is copyrighted by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. As such,
participation by means of the execution of a license agreement is required of any carrier that uses or
references any provision that is contained in the National Motor Freight Classification,
including its commodity descriptions, classes, rules, packaging specifications or
bills of lading. Use of the NMFC by any non-participating carrier to determine
rates or charges is a violation of the copyright and license agreement. In order for any carrier
to use the NMFC in pricing or for any other purpose, they must participate.
To be applicable, a commodity description must “match” the product that is being
shipped. In many cases, more than one description can apply to a given product.
In such instances, you must review the potential descriptions and apply the one
that most specifically describes the article in question. Some commodity descriptions
are very specific and limit their application to particular products, such as commodities
of a particular material construction, or commodities in a particular form of shipment,
i.e., set up (SU) or knocked down (KD). Other descriptions are general, usually
referred to as “NOI” (not more specifically described herein) provisions, and embrace
broad groups of commodities. For example, since no specific description exists for
“plastic bottles,” the provisions of item 156600, naming “Plastic Articles, NOI,
other than expanded,” apply.