How to Measure Volumetric Weight

Air Freight Volumetric Weight

If your shipment is large in size and light in weight, the delivery price may be calculated by the shipments' volumetric weight rather than its actual weight. To calculate the volumetric weight for airfreight please use the formula below:

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Shipment weight is rounded up to the nearest half kilo. The greater of the two weights will be used for the shipment cost. For example; the dense weight or the actual size of the shipment.

This is a global generic formula.

 

Sea Freight Volumetric Weight

If cargo is Full Container Load (FCL), the freight charge is for full container load basis. However if the cargo is a Less Container Load (LCL),  please find below the method of how this is calculated:

CBM means Cubic Meter and this mirrors a weight of cargo not exceeding 1 ton.

LCL is rated on the basis of ‘per CBM’ or per weight of 1000kgs (1 ton) whichever is higher.

CBM – cubic meter is calculated by multiplying length, width and height of packages of goods. For example; if the length, height and width of a cargo is 2.3 meters, 1.4meters and 2 meters respectively, the volume of cargo is 2.3 X 1.4 X 2.00 = 6.44 CBM.

If for example the freight weighs in at 7000kg the freight charge will be calculated on the actual weight as this is the greatest

Please remember if you have the measurement in inches or centimeters, first you need to convert in meters and then calculate CBM.

 

Road Freight Volumetric Weight

If cargo is Full Trailer Load (FTL), the freight charge is for a full trailer load basis. However if the cargo is a Less Trailer Load (FTL), otherwise known as groupage of consolidated, please find below the method of how this is calculated:

CBM means Cubic Meter and this mirrors a weight of cargo not exceeding 300kg.

LTL is rated on the basis of ‘per CBM’ or per weight of 300kg which ever is higher.

CBM – cubic meter is calculated by multiplying length, width and height of packages of goods.

Please remember if you have the measurement in inches or centimeters, first you need to convert in meters and then calculate CBM.

Roadfreight volumetric weight can also be calculated by linear meter.