Measuring for Freight Density

Shipment density impacts the freight rate. Here's a tool to help you get it right.

*Please always check to see if your commodity's class is based solely upon density as other factors, such as value, length and packaging, may (along with or aside from density) result in a different freight class.

 


Understanding Denisty

The total weight of the shipment is divided by the total cubic feet to determine the density of the freight.

ALWAYS CALCULATE DENSITY AS IT SHIPS, meaning if loose, use dims/weight of cartons; if on a pallet* dims/weight of pallet; if a crate, dims/weight of crate.

ALWAYS USE THE OUTER DIMS OF PALLET, NOT THE DIMS OF FREIGHT AS IT SITS ON PALLET

Example: 4 cartons (12x12x12) on a 48×48 pallet will occupy a 24×24 square, but you use the 48×48 as length and width. Height would be the height of cartons stacked and the pallet itself. This would be 18”.
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