When it comes to LTL shipping, there are a few things to keep in mind. One of the most crucial elements is the classification of your shipment. By having this information for your less than truckload shipments, you can get accurate quotes and minimize unexpected charges.

So how do you determine the classification of your shipment? Today, we’ll teach you how to classify your freight LTL shipment when all you have are the weight and dimensions.


There are a few steps you need to follow to ensure your less than truckload shipment is classified correctly. These steps include:

  1. Determining the weight in pounds and the dimensions in inches for all of the pieces in your shipment.
  1. Calculating the Volume in cubic feet (cft) for your freight LTL. The formula for this is Volume=Length x Width x Height / 1728.
  1. Measuring the density of your less than truckload shipment. Density is calculated by dividing the total weight of the shipment by its volume in cubic feet. Density = Weight (lbs) / Volume (cft).
  1. Finding the density on the appropriate density chart to determine the classification. Remember – not all trucking companies use the same density chart, so you need to make sure you have the right information for each carrier.

Now that you know what steps to take to calculate the density and class of your freight LTL, it’s time to get shipping!

Contact us today to schedule your next shipment. And if you need help determining the correct density or class for LTL shipping, we’re here to help.

At GLT TG, we want to make shipping easier than ever, and we’re here for you at every step. With our advanced system and incredible team of live, friendly experts, we can guide you through this process so your shipments get where they need to go. Expertise and reliability go hand-in-hand when you GO GLT!