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Steve Shebuski, VP of Digital Strategy
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Within LTL Carrier Rate Matrixes, abbreviations like L5C or M30M are assigned to classes without any translation guide or key. It becomes the consultant’s job to translate these terms into functional information for system upload. So…What does it all mean?

To make sense of the LTL abbreviations, you simply need to break them down into three parts: the first letter, the number, and the last letter.

  • The first letter is one of two comparative operators: (L)ess than or (M)ore than.
  • The number is the multiplication factor.
  • The last letter is a Roman numeral to be multiplied, typically either: (C)entum = 100 or (M)ille = 1000.

Therefore, if we put it altogether using our example: L5C is literally saying “Less than 5 * 100” or “<500” while M30M is saying “More than 30 * 1000” or “>30,000.” Since there is no break defined by “>30,000” within Microsoft Dynamics AX, this class is typically changed to a “Less than” statement from the next break, in this case, “Less than 40,000” or “<40,000.” This is because LTL rate breaks are set up in a “More than x, but less than y” fashion.

With that, if you remember the three parts of an LTL Freight Class - Operator, Multiplier, and Numeral - the mystery of these abbreviations disappear and Freight Class rates are never again be lost in translation.

  • Freight Classes Abbreviations are made up of three parts
    • First Letter – Comparative Operator: (L)ess than or (M)ore than
    • Numbers – Multiplication factor
    • Roman Numeral – (C)entum = 100 or (M)ille = 1000
  • Remember: “More than” freight classes will be represented as “Less than” for the next break

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