As part of the continuing effort to simplify, streamline and modernize the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®), the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s (NMFTA) Freight Classification Development Council (FCDC) will be issuing this year’s second major supplement to the NMFC.
The changes were published in Disposition Bulletin 1366 of Docket 2023-2.
The supplement, which will be issued on July 6 and is scheduled to take effect on August 5, streamlines 12 generic headings, which include:
Substantive changes were also made to classification provisions relating to the following commodities groups:
The goal of such changes to the NMFC is to continue simplifying the process for shippers by combining or eliminating as many specific items as possible — combining them with similar commodities.
“We continue to streamline the provisions of the classification in order to make them simpler and combine like-items when possible,” said FCDC Chair Erin Topper. “You still look for the most specific NMFC item that applies to your product that’s being shipped. Streamlining will make it easier for shippers to do that.”
Disposition Bulletin 1366 was issued on June 9. Once a bulletin is issued, the NMFTA team updates the information in the NMFC, after which those changes are published in a supplement to the classification. The changes are effective 30 days after the supplement is issued. The changes will automatically be updated in ClassIT on August 5, the online, digital version of the NMFC.
Similar changes enacted as a result of the FCDC’s October 2022 and February 2023 dockets reduced the number of items in the NMFC’s Articles section from 9,050 to 8,064.
The team develops three dockets per year with proposed changes and updates. The third one is scheduled for October 2023.
For more information on our classification system, please visit www.nmfta.org/nmfc.