CBM Calculations

What is Cubic Metres (CBM)?

CBM is the freight volume of the shipment for domestic and international freight. This measurement is calculated by multiplying the length, width, height together of the shipment.


How to calculate cubic metres (CBM) when shipping?

CBM () = Length (centimeter) x Width (centimeter) x Height (centimeter) / 1,000,000

Calculate the volumetric/Dimensional weight of your shipment

Sometimes, large items with a light overall weight can be charged according to the space they take up on aircraft (For Air Freights). In these cases, Volumetric Weight, or dimensional (Dim) weight, is used to calculate the shipment cost. It is recommended that you calculate the Volumetric Weight for every shipment that you send, then compare this to its actual weight. The greater weight of the two is used to work out the price that we charge you.

International volumetric weights are calculated using the formula below:
(Length x Width x Height in centimeters) / 6000 = Volumetric Weight in kilograms


Actual loading will depend on accurate calculations based on how the items are loaded in the container and whether the dimensions of the cartons leave unusable space. Load factors will vary based on carton size and how they are stowed inside the containers.

*20ft container approximately 28 CBM
*40ft container approximately 68 CBM