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How to Calculate the Weight Break *December 19, 2007*

*Posted by freightlogistics in LTL, Rates.*

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Ever tried to figure out how to determine at what weight a specific rate will apply? In other words, at what weight will the 2M rate apply? Or the 5M, etc …

To determine the weight break (that is the break or weight where the first rate looses it’s prime and the next rate takes over) simply use the following formula.

X is equal to weight break

A is equal to lower rate bracket (example 1M =1000)

B is equal to next highest rate bracket (example 2M =2000)

C is equal to freight rate relative to A

D is equal to freight rate relative to B

FORMULA: (B X D) /C = X

Example

1M 2M

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58.21 49.39 translates to :

1000 2000

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58.21 49.39 translates to :

A B

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C D

If (B X D) /C = X then (2000 X 49.39) / 58.21 = 1696 lbs.

Anything above the 1696 lbs. point weight break, is applicable to the next weight bracket hence a different freight rate (which is usually a lower freight rate).

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