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Are you planning to transport your consignment? If yes, then you must know the volume and weight of your shipment. Don’t worry! You are at the right place, our CBM calculator will help you out.

CBM calculator is a smart online gadget that will assist you in organizing your transport by letting you know, some crucial measures regarding the transfer. Our CBM calculator tells you the actual weight and the volumetric weight of the consignment needed to estimate its transport cost.

All you need to do is provide the measurements and weight of the cube to be shipped. Our cubic feet calculator will estimate the number of cartons of the given size to be adjusted in a standard vessel. In this article you will learn more about these measures and their calculation using our online CBM calculator.

What is meant by CBM?

It stands for cubic meters, a metric unit to describe the volume of an object. In this particular case, it is used to express the space occupied by your shipment.

$$\frac{1\;CBM}{1\;m^3}=35.314\;\text{cubic feet}$$

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The image above illustrates a classic cube having a volume of 1 cubic meter, which means it has a length, width and height of 1m. It also gives us the formula for cubic meter.

CBM Calculation:

It is always easy to calculate for a single carton, the formula is given below:

Cubic Meter

(use the same unit, or convert the unit later)

To convert cubic meters to cubic feet, multiply the value by 35.314.

Now in order to estimate the total volume of your consignment, multiply the cubic meter value of the single cube with the required quantity.

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Difference b/w Total weight and Volumetric Weight:

These are the two important measures in deciding the expected transport cost of your package. But how are they different?

The total weight explains how much the load weighs. We can acquire this value by multiplying the weight of a solo carton by the number of boxes in a shipment. On the other hand, the volumetric weight isn’t about the heaviness of an object. It is a fictional way to measure the amount of space occupied by a shipping item, also called dimensional weight.

Let’s assume a situation in order to elaborate the definition. Consider that you are set to travel in a commercial airplane, and you are bringing extremely light luggage with you. In this case, you will be charged for the volume of the item (the space occupied by cargo) rather than its weight.

Now, how to calculate volume?

To calculate the volumetric weight of the package, use the following formula:

How to use our shipping CBM Calculator

To determine the freight cost, many firms consider either total or volumetric weight, depending on which value is higher. This is termed as the W/M rule (Weight or Measurement Rule).

For instance, both UPS and FedEx apply this pricing method. Objects having less density will typically be priced on the basis of volumetric weight. However, some specific rates may rely on luggage carriers, roots/origins, or specific destinations of consignment.

Container Capacity(cu ft.)
20 ft. standard dry 1165
40 ft. standard dry 2350
40 ft. high cube dry 2694
45 ft. high cube dry 3043

Type of containers:

The general purpose containers that are suitable for broad class heavy cargo includes the dry 20 ft. and 40ft containers. Typically made of aluminum or steel, having the same height and width, only difference of length.

For the light weight voluminous items, the most suited vessels are the high cube dry containers that are about one foot taller than standard.

How to use our shipping CBM Calculator: A demo

It’s quite easy to compute the above said values, all you need to do is follow some simple steps:

  1. First of all you need the dimensions, so just measure a single shipping cube in your shipment. Consider the measurements be; 60 cm length, 70 cm width and 60 cm in height.
  2. Now, weigh that box, assume it weighs 45 kg. Input the total number of boxes you planned to ship. For instance, your consignment may consist of 25 boxes of same shape and weight.
  3. You can compute the value by using formula, or the easy way out is to press calculate on our online tool.$$\text{CBM} = 60*70*60 = 0.252 m^3$$ (after converting cubic cm to cubic meters)
  4. Now, to calculate the total volume of your consignment, multiply this value with the quantity of cartons.$$\text{Total volume} = 0.252 * 25 = 6.3 m^3$$ (the volume required for the whole package)
  5. Next step is to calculate the total weight by multiplying the number of boxes with the weight of single box.

    Total Weight

  6. The last but not the least step is to compute the volumetric weight as follows:

    Volume Weight

As you can see, the volumetric weight is higher than the total weight, so the shipping company may charge you according to the W/M rule.

That’s it, you are done with estimation but why waste time in formulas, when you have our online CBM Calculator. With our smart tool in hand, all you have to do is enter the required dimensions, weight and quantity and leave the math on our gizmo. Our CBM Calculator will compute the precise desired values within seconds.
We hope this article and our tool will prove beneficial for your consignment planning. It will assist you to work out the volume and eventually the expected transport cost of your delivery package. Good luck!


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