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As a Weights & Research Coordinator, Randy Foss works to ensure bills of lading accurately describe the freight on the trailers moving in and out of the Portland, OR terminal.

Describing your product can be a challenge for even veteran shippers. But accurate billing and safe transit starts with accurate shipment descriptions.

Fortunately, Randy knows the over 1,000-page manual of National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) inside and out.

The NMFC is a standard of classification for motor freight that aims to ensure that goods are handled, stowed, and shipped safely and practicably by our nation's motor carriers.

Randy arrives at the Portland terminal at 5 p.m. and doesn't leave until his job is done. Depending on the freight load, he might not leave until 2:30 a.m.--but not before he's surveyed every trailer on the dock.

"I don't just look at the computer and reference numbers and names, because names and numbers don't cut it," said Randy, who has worked for Reddaway for nine years. "I open trailers and look at the freight. I walk the dock, making a big loop about every ten minutes inspecting trailers, and I only take breaks when the drivers and dockworkers do. That way I'm always out there when the freight is moving."

On average, Randy measures around 75 shipments a night and enters inspections on over 40, ensuring compliance on measures such as class, length, density, and packaging standards.

Randy's job is not an easy one by any measure, but it is essential to the accurate rating and safe transport of every shipment.

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