Calculate volume weight.

Not only the weight, but also the space a shipment takes up play an important role in determining the shipping costs. You can imagine that there is less space available in an airplane than in a container ship. That is why we take into account the so-called volume weight and the "figure weight" when calculating the price of your shipment. The "number weight" originated as a conversion factor to bridge the distinction between volume and weight.

The difference between springs and lead

You can imagine that 1,000 kilos of feathers have a larger volume than 1,000 kilos of lead. In order to be able to tax this difference equally, certain conversion factors were agreed upon in the handling.

What weight determines the cost?
We calculate the volume weight for each shipment and compare it with the actual weight in kilos. We perform this calculation based on an approved formula. For air freight, 1 cbm (cubic meter) is equivalent to 167 kg. For sea freight (LCL), we take into account that 1 cbm is equivalent to a maximum of 1000 kg, while for road freight 1 cbm is equivalent to 333 kg. The highest weight (volume or actual) is loaded.


For air freight: 1 cbm = 167 kg (volume ratio 1: 6)


For road transport: 1 cbm = 333 kg (volume ratio 1: 3)


For sea freight, the following applies: 1 cbm = 1,000 kg (volume ratio 1: 1)

We calculate the final shipping costs based on the higher of the two "weights": this is the "taxable weight". Therefore, when goods take up "too much" space (e.g., large, bulky products), we usually charge by volume weight.

How to calculate the dimensional weight?

To calculate the volume weight, first determine the volume: length x width x height (in centimeters). Then divide this figure by one of the following factors:


Air freight: 6,000


Road transport: 3,000


Sea transport: 1,000

What about charge meters on the road?

We often use load counters for road transport. 1 load meter is equal to 1 linear meter of loading space in the truck. This is often used as a unit of account for goods that cannot be stacked or on which you cannot stack. As a result, the trucker makes up for the lost space, so to speak. Typically, 1 load meter equals 1,750 kilos. If you use pallets, you can also switch to load counters: 1 Euro pallet (80 × 120 cm) is 0.4 load counters and 1 block pallet (100 × 120 cm) is 0.5 load counters.

What does size / weight mean under sea freight?

For sea freight, you can opt for a full container, but also for a so-called LCL shipment. Then we load several LCL shipments from different owners into one container. In this case you pay for the space used in the container. We calculate with the method size / weight (M / W): per cubic meter ( size ) or per ton ( weight ). Basically the same as the taxable weight, but with a different name.

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