Density Based LTL Freight Class
Some LTL freight items are LTL freight classed based on density. This means that as your LTL freight shipment increases in density, the LTL freight class lowers. This relationship is significant when calculating the cost to ship your LTL freight; a lower LTL freight class could lead to a lower shipping cost. To calculate density, you can use this density calculator.
Almost all aluminum LTL freight is classed based on density. This is because the less dense the aluminum, the more fragile it is. This is true for most freight with a density based LTL freight classes. The key to shipping density-based items is to pack them as compactly as possible. The more weight you can get into a small area, the lower your freight class will be, potentially lowering your cost.
We have several customers that ship clothing; they make it a point to package their LTL freight shipments as compactly as possible. Based on the density of the clothing shipment, it can be LTL freight classed as low as LTL freight class 77.5 and as high as LTL freight class 100.
If you are wondering how to calculate the density or the LTL freight class of your LTL freight, please contact a ShippingDiscounts.com LTL freight quote specialist.