NMFTA Announces Trademark of “National Motor Freight Classification”

NMFTA Announces Trademark of “National Motor Freight Classification”

Jul 9, 2014

Alexandria, VA— July 9, 2014The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued Trademark protection for its “National Motor Freight Classification”.

Trademark Reg. No. 4,554,220 covers printed publications, CDs containing raw data and other information relating to individual commodity classifications, packaging provisions, rules and bills of lading to assist carriers, shippers, and others in determining applicable freight descriptions, classes and packaging requirements for use in ascertaining transportation characteristics of freight and in establishing standards that facilitate the pricing of freight transportation.

NMFTA Executive Director Paul Levine said, “We are pleased to have received the trademark, which recognizes the National Motor Freight Classification’s preeminent place in the pricing process for less-than-truckload motor freight transportation and furthers our members’ goal of protecting their association’s intellectual property assets.”

NMFTA Chairman Paul Dugent, Vice President Pricing, Estes Express Lines, added, “The National Motor Freight Classification is instrumental in helping us allocate line haul costs for the various commodities we must comingle in our trailers”.


The Standard for Freight Identification and Classification

The National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®) is a standard that provides a comparison of commodities moving in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce. It is similar in concept to the groupings or grading systems that serve many other industries. Commodities are grouped into one of 18 classes—from a low of class 50 to a high of class 500—based on an evaluation of four transportation characteristics: density, handling, stowability and liability. Together, these characteristics establish a commodity’s “transportability.”



The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) is a nonprofit membership organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Its membership is comprised of motor carriers operating in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce. NMFTA publishes the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®) and ClassIT®, the online version of the NMFC®. NMFTA also assigns the Standard Carrier Alpha Codes (SCAC) and the Standard Point Location Codes (SPLC). For more information on NMFTA, the National Motor Freight Classification®, SCAC or SPLC, contact us at 800.539.5720, sales@nmfta.org, or visit www.nmfta.org.


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