The National Motor Freight Traffic Association Introduces New NMFC Data Distribution Service

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The new NMFC Data Distribution Service offers the NMFC data in the old fixed length format as well as three additional new data files and a new faster FTP delivery method. The first two new files being offered are the Articles and Index to Articles files in a structured XML format. The third new file being introduced is a “slimmed down” version of the Articles file in comma delimited ASCII format containing only the Item Number, Sub and Class.

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) introduces the new National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) Data Distribution Service (DDS). NMFTA currently offers the NMFC data in fixed length field (ASCII) format delivered via CD-ROM. The new NMFC Data Distribution Service offers the NMFC data in the old fixed length format as well as three additional new data files and a new faster FTP delivery method.

The first two new files being offered are the Articles and Index to Articles files in a structured XML format. The XML version of the Articles file contains the Item Number, Sub, Commodity Description, Class, Issue Date and Effective Date, Notes as well as the data relationship information. The XML version of the Index to Articles file contains the Item Numbers and Commodity Descriptions as well as data structure information. The new XML formatted files allow for easier manipulation and integration of the Articles and Index to Articles data into internal pricing systems, billing programs, weighing and research applications, and/or other business applications.

The third new file being introduced is a “slimmed down” version of the Articles file in comma delimited ASCII format containing only the Item Number, Sub and Class. The “slimmed down” Articles section contains only those elements necessary to support rating system class lookups.

All the NMFC DDS subscribers now have the option of having the NMFC data files delivered via FTP or SFTP. This new delivery option ensures the quickest and most reliable distribution as soon as the data has been released by Commodity Classification Standards Board. This gives our subscribers additional time to incorporate and update their systems with the latest classification data.

About NMFTA

Founded in 1956, NMFTA’s mission is to serve as a research and development organization providing the transportation industry with the necessary information to advance and improve their interests and welfare. Its membership is comprised of motor carriers operating in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce. NMFTA is committed to helping the industry meet today’s transportation challenges through research, education, and publication of specifications, rules, transportation codes and the preparation and dissemination of studies, reports and analyses. For more information on NMFTA and the NMFC Data Distribution Service, contact us at 866.411.6632, customerservice(at)nmfta(dot)org, or visit http://www.nmfta.org.

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