In our October 2008 blog/Newsletter, we informed our readers that the rates charged for transporting empty (new) steel drums had increased due to reclassification by the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). As of August 23rd, 2008, drums that were formerly shipped under class 92.5 would now be shipped under class 150 or higher resulting in a substantial cost increase per unit. Last week, at the annual conference of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association, Mr. Rick Rubin of Maxi Container, Inc. gave a thorough presentation on the pricing procedure, old and new, for the shipment of these empty containers. The presentation included freight class definitions, a review of the old rules (Section 52800) and a review of the new rules (Section 174610). The presentation also offers sample calculations for open head and closed head drums, with and without pallets. We believe that Rick’s presentation brings clarity to a rather complex specification and we invite you to see Rick’s presentation. You can link to it directly at: New Density Rules for Steel Drums. Note the recommendations at the end of the presentation. FAK rates (freight of all kinds) are available, in most cases, and should be negotiated as soon as possible.