## Measure Freight!

Cubing is the term given to measuring the size of a freight consignment.

The Captain Transport Standard Cubic Conversion is 1 Cubic Meter = 250 Kilograms, except for "non conforming" freight which is cubed at the rate of 1 Cubic Meter = 333 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

Height = 1.9 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

* ‘Non conforming’ freight is defined as non standard, bulky, unusually large items or freight requiring special handling including:

- consignments marked ‘top load only’
- non stackable bulky items either palletised or otherwise
- uncrated or unpalletised bulky items including wheels, tyres and automotive parts
- unsuitably packed fragile items
- oversized pallets, crates, cartons or flatpacks (exceeding either width/breadth 120cm, length 120cm or height 180cm)
- when calculating the cubic conversion for these items, simply replace the "250" with "333"