FastClass® Freight Classification for Shippers

Shippers access NMFC standard to facilitate classification

Accurate less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment rating requires the correct freight classification. A shipment’s density, stowability, handling and liability all come into play, signifying how easy and cost-effective it is to transport. FastClass® from SMC³ provides reliable and speedy classification content, under agreement with the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). With FastClass®, shippers can:

  • Avoid unexpected carrier re-rating and the associated costs
  • Plan new product packaging and distribution scenarios with shipping costs in mind
  • Package freight according to industry standards, minimizing loss and damage.

Choose from the web-based FastClass® Online or Windows-Based
FastClass® for accurate classifications every time.

Feature Windows App Online App
Supplement Tab
Lists all supplements for a given re-issue.
 
Color Coding
Color coding makes it easy to identify pieces of item information. Blue is for articles, red is for rules, green is for packages, yellow is for notes and teal is for carriers. The color reflects in the tables, hyperlinks and header bars for each item.
Indexes
A comprehensive listing of every item in the NMFC. Each item includes the class, description and any applicable sub-groups, notes, rules and packaging requirements.
 
Search
To make navigation through the system easier, FastClass has a powerful search engine that allows you to search on words, item numbers and SCAC codes.
Previous/Next Item
This allows you to page through the NMFC item by item, as you were reading through the book.
Shipment Date
Allows you to go back several years and see what the classifications were on a certain date and determine which class was charged. Each year, this database will continue to expand as classifications and rates change. Information is available dating back to January 1, 1997.
 
Articles
Provides a description of the commodities as well as an item number and class. The NMFC uses the word “Articles” to refer to items and commodities listed in its classification.
Rules
A user-friendly interface that includes charts, graphs and drawings to help explain the definitions, specifications, classifications, regulations and procedures relating to the trucking industry.
Packaging
Outlines the requirements and specifications for shipping containers and the proper shipment of commodities.
Carrier Listing
Provides details on participating carriers, based on their service (i.e., interstate, intrastate, TL, LTL, brokers, etc.) SCAC codes, names, domicile and operating certificate number are also provided.
Options Windows App Online App
Synonyms
Allows you to designate a “common” word or phrase to reference a more complicated word. (Note: This option only works within the Word Search.)
 
Start Options
Allows you to select which functions are loaded at startup.
 
Density Calculator
This simple density calculator allows you to calculate densities that may be needed for the classification of freight.
Info Menu Item
Only information in the NMFC that is related to an Item Number is included in the Search and Index options. This pull-down lists all of the informational pages and forms in the NMFC book.
 
Print
Print articles as shown on screen.
Help
FastClass has a very comprehensive Help file.
 
Export
Allows you to cut and paste specific fields (i.e. Class, Item, Number, etc.) directly into your billing system or into a file.
 

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