Classification Making

Anyone or any group may propose amendments to the NMFC®. Proposals must be filed in writing, and the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) provides suitable forms for this purpose.

All proposals to amend the NMFC are noticed in a docket at least 30 days in advance of the public meeting where they will be considered by the CCSB. Anyone having an interest can attend these meetings and/or submit comments and information in writing.

The Public Docket Files

Each proposal along with relevant facts, data and evidence are contained in a public docket file. The public files are organized by docket and subject numbers, and each file is indexed for ease of reference.

Public Docket Files

Dispositions of Proposals

In making decisions on proposals, the CCSB is guided by:

  • The public docket file;
  • The regulatory and legal standards and precedent relevant to the reasonableness of classification provisions;
  • Relevant classification precedent, where applicable;
  • Principles of procedural fairness as set forth in the CCSB's procedures and the arguments of the parties based on the public file; and
  • The CCSB's policies and directives as contained in the public file.

CCSB dispositions of docketed proposals are made at the public meetings.


The CCSB may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, reconsider any docketed proposal on which disposition has been made, provided that the request for reconsideration is made in writing by mail, email or fax by a party of record to the proposal and such request is received by the Chairman of the CCSB no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on the 20th day following the CCSB's initial disposition.