Measuring Cubic Volumes

To Measure the Cubic Volume of Freight
Cubing is the term given to measuring the size of a freight consignment and convert it to a volume weight.

Standard Cubic Conversion is 1 Cubic Metre = 250 Kilograms.

Example 1: Cubing a Carton

Width = 40 cm (or 0.4 of a metre)
Height = 35 cm (or 0.35 of a metre)
Length = 65 cm (or 0.65 of a metre)


Actual Weight = 15 kg

Multiply the height x length x width = m3 (cubic measurement)

= 0.35 x 0.65 x 0.4 = 0.091m3

To convert 0.091m3 to a weight in kilograms
Multiply 0.091m3 x 250 (standard cubic conversion) = 22.75 kg
22.75 kg greater than the actual weight of 15 kg

Example 2: Cubing a Pallet

Width = 1.2 m
Width = 1.2 m
Length = 1.2 m

Actual Weight = 450 kg

Multiply the height x length x width = m3 (cubic measurement)

= 1.9 x 1.2 x 1.2 = 2.736m3

To convert 2.736m3 to a weight in kilograms
Multiply 2.736m3 x 250 (standard cubic conversion) = 684 kg
684 kg greater than the actual weight of 450 kg

Example 3: Cubing an Odd Shaped Item


Width = 1.4 m
Height = 1.6 m
Length = 1.3 m

Actual Weight = 580 kg

Multiply the height x length x width = m3 (cubic measurement)

= 1.6 x 1.3 x 1.4 = 2.912m3

To convert 2.912m3 to a weight in kilograms
Multiply 2.912m3 x 250 (standard cubic conversion) = 728 kg
728 kg greater than the actual weight of 580 kg 1. Adequate Packaging is paramount