Freight classification remains a fluid and evolving subject. At any time, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has issued amendments to the current National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). This happens a few times throughout the year, and can require shippers to be on their toes.
The NMFTA reconsidered the proposed amendments by March 28, 2019. The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) enacted the next NMFC version, which took effect on April 27, 2019.
To manage any adjustments, it’s best to understand the organization behind them.
Who is the CCSB?
Employees from the NMFTA and other industry professionals with applicable experience make up the members of the CCSB. The CCSB consists of between three and seven members. The current CCSB has over 200 years of combined experience with freight classifications and various areas.
What does the CCSB do?
The CCSB is responsible for managing the NMFC. To do so, members of the CCSB review proposed amendments to freight classifications and descriptions. They also guide NMFTA staff in their engagement with the NMFC. Decisions made by the CCSB influence potential shipper costs along with how manufacturers package products.
What did the CCSB recently change?
Changes were approved for many commodities. If you ship the following items or similar products, please consult with your shipping specialist to verify if changes will be necessary to packaging, or to learn how this will impact future rates.
- Bumpers or bumper fittings
- Adhesives group
- Asphalt group
- Chemicals group
- Drugs medicines or toilet preps
- Ink and related materials group
- Oils other than petroleum
- Paints group
- Petroleum products group
- Plastic materials other than expanded group
- Roofing or siding materials group
- Flammable liquids
- Shades or blinds
- Food or food supplements
- Ceiling Fans
- Mantels, in boxes or crates
- Electric meters
- Fishing poles or rods
Understanding the organizations involved in freight classification adjustments can assist you as you establish a shipping strategy. Rather than getting caught off guard by new freight classifications, utilize a logistics provider that is familiar with industry updates. Saving time and money is often as simple as aligning yourself with the right team.
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