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NMFC’s New Density Rules for Empty Drum Shipments

November 12th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News

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.

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7 Responses

  1. I need help with shipping class number for 55 gallon empty poly drums.
    Thanks for your assistance

  2. We’d be happy to help you to research the shipping class number. Please call Josh Ford at 773.884.1521, he’s our Shipping Class expert.

    Thanks for reading our blog!

    Howard Skolnik

  3. tammy says:

    Need the shipping class of an empty 55 gallon drum?

  4. Marge Bergstresser says:

    Could you please give me the class code for shipping used 55 gallon poly drums and 30 gallon used steel drums.

    Thank you

  5. Hello Marge,
    Thank you for your question. We ship new poly drums at class 250. However, I am not sure of the class for used poly drums. The class can also vary depending on the weight of the drums and how they are packaged. I suggest you contact your LTL carrier as they should have a density calculator that should provide you with the correct class.
    Let me know if you have further questions.
    Thank you,

  6. Jarrod Ellis says:

    What the rate class for a 55 gallon drum of un1263 paint related material, 3, lll.

  7. Jarrod,
    Thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately, we cannot give you the answer to your question. To get your answer, you need to ask the shipping agent that will handle the transport. I hope this was helpful.
    Thank you,
    Howard Skolnik

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