Freight carriers find profitable loads to haul. Post your truck to a load board. Post type of truck, location, how far you are going and how much space you may have. Freight brokers find access to cost effective ways to transport for your clients. This site lists some of the top load boards.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Benefits of Using an Online Freight Load Board

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Freight Load Boards

An online freight loadboard is an online medium through which both carriers and shippers can access both freight and freight capacity from the comfort of their computers in order to maximize their haulage/shipping. Some are fee-based while others are free.

What is a load board? A load board is an information exchange for companies in the trucking industry. A load board is generally set up for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and other intermediaries to post loads that need to be moved. Carriers, owner-operators, and trucking companies search on load boards to find loads when looking for backhauls or to fill otherwise idle trucks. The load board serves to provide increased efficiency for every type of company in the industry.

In some cases load boards also work in reverse, allowing the posting of available trucks that can be searched by freight load brokers who have loads ready to move. Load boards today are accessed via the Internet and displayed on truckstop monitors. Load boards are also known as Load Matching Sites, Freight Boards, and Freight Matching Services.

The primary function of Posting software is to streamline the process of posting to load boards and other load matching and freight matching services. The process of posting to a load board manually is tedious and time-consuming. Some posting software allow its users to post to more load boards in less time. This allows more time for other tasks, increases the number of calls received, reduces business costs, and increases profits.

User accounts are activated immediately after payment is received. Users will then gain online access to a secure site and can begin viewing available freight offers and listing their capacity. We enforce our terms and conditions to ensure Membership integrity is maintained at all times. All ground carriers must have a MC and/or DOT registration. Any breach will result in a account cancellation and the carrier being removed from the site.

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Alex Matthews is a freight industry veteran involved in the shipping industry for the last 15 years. To get additional information about using an online freight loadboard please contact Alex at or

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How The NMFC (National Motor Freight Classicification) Affects Your Business

The NMFC has something to do with freight class. That is about all most of us know what the NMFC is all about. But it can’t hurt to know more what the NMFC is, who runs it, where does it come from, how do I get one, this article is for you! After this article, you will know exactly what the NMFC is and how it affects your business.

First off, the NMFC stands for National Motor Freight Classification. It is a guide used to classify all the commodities shipped and handled by motor carriers in North America. The commodities are assigned one of 18 different classes – from a low of 50 to a high of 500 – based on four transportation characteristics: density, stowability, handling and liability.

It also includes rules and packaging requirements for each type of commodity to ensure adequate protection for products moving in the LTL motor carrier service.

The NMFC constitutes industry standards which are developed and maintained by the National Classification Committee (NCC), an autonomous committee of 100 carrier representatives who are elected to represent the more than 1,000 motor carriers participating in the NMFC. The NCC’s activities are regulated by the US Surface Transportation Board which is part of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The NMFC is published by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, VA.

Defining Freight Class

Although, classes are determined by density, stowability, handling and liability, the biggest factor in determining the class is the density. The denser the commodity is, the lower the freight class. Always remember that!

Here is a “rule of thumb” we folks in the freight industry use to do a quick guestimate to determine a particular freight class. Of course this should be backed up by the NFMC but you can a pretty accurate idea of a freight class by following this chart.


The first column shows the pounds per cubic foot (PCF). The second column shows freight class. So when the PCF is greater than the number in the first column, than the class will likely be the number in the second column.

PCF Class
50 50
35 55
30 60
22.5 65
15 70
13.5 77
12 85
10.5 92
9 100
8 110
7 125
6 150
5 175
4 200
3 250
2 300
1 400
< 1 500

by George Muha

How To Calculate Freight Class

With carrier dock workers scrutinizing shipments more and more to add weight & inspection revenue, it is becoming imperative for shippers to understand what the exact density of their shipments is.

Carriers are chomping at the bit for the opportunity to find that a shipments density is at a higher class than a shipper put on their bill of lading. With scales attached forklifts and tape measures in everyone’s pocket, this is becoming a huge money maker for the carriers.

So shippers need to know for sure what their density is. It’s not hard either. All that is needed is the weight, dimensions and the formula for density. For those like me who forgot this simple high school algebra formula, here is a step by step way to calculate density.

Step 1. Measure the height, width, and depth of the shipment in inches. Measure to the farthest points, including skids or other packaging.

Step 2. Multiply the three measurements (height x width x depth). The result is the total cubic inches of the shipment.

Step 3. Divide the total cubic inches by 1,728 (the number of cubic inches in a cubic foot). The result is the cubic feet of the shipment.

Step 4. Divide the weight (in pounds) of the shipment by the total cubic feet. The result is the pounds per cubic foot, i.e., density.

Here is an example of calculating density: If the skid weighs 500 pounds with dimensions of 42 inches x 48 inches x 48 inches:

1. Multiply 42″ x 48″ x 48″ = 96,768 cubic inches
2. Divide 96,768 by 1,728 = 56 cubic feet
3. Divide 500 pounds by 56 cubic feet = 8.9 pounds per cubic feet (PCF), i.e., density

by George Muha

Use This Calculator To Find Freight Class

Monday, May 10, 2010

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Updated Available Freight Loads

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