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How to Calculate Freight Density [Infographic]

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How to Calculate Freight Density

[Updated May 2019]
No matter how large, heavy, fragile, easy to handle or complex your less than a truckload (i.e. LTL) freight shipment is, it should be priced fairly. Please see our How to Calculate Freight Density infographic below or click here to see our Freight Density Calculator page on Freightera website.

Freight Density Calculation

Measure Your Shipment Weight and Exact Dimensions in Inches: Length, Width, and Height

Make sure your measurements include all packaging like skids, pallets, crating, etc. Round your measurements up to the nearest inch. For multiple pieces, make separate measurements.

Freight Density Formula

When using our Freight Density Calculator, you don’t need to know how density formula works, but here is what it does for you:

  1. It multiplies 3 dimensions of your shipment to get total cubic inches.
  2. It divides total cubic inches by 1,728 to calculate the total cubic feet.
  3. It divides total weight of your shipment by total cubic feet to get the density in Pounds per Cubic Foot (pcf).

Freight Density for NMFC Class Calculation

This density calculation is one of the steps in determining correct NMFC class for your freight.
Call Freightera Client Care team (800) 886-4870 Ext. 1 or use our Online Chat if you have questions, or to get a consultation and a list of correct NMFC codes and classes for shipping your products.


Hungry for more learning?

You may also be interested in these informational articles of our blog (they’re specifically written and designed to help YOU, the customer, make better informed shipping decisions & ship with a peace of mind).

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Freightera offers B2B online freight shipping marketplace in North America with instant quotes from carriers of all sizes and one-click bookings. It serves manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and other businesses regularly shipping freight.

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