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Cubic Meter in international cargo transportation

Cubic meter equals approximately 35 cubic feet.

In international cargo transportation, a cubic meter is the standard unit for measuring the volume of shipping freight. However, since the imperial metric system still used in everyday life of Americans, the volume of cargo shipping from the USA overseas still can be calculated in cubic feet.

A cubic meter is a relatively large volume. This picture should get you an idea of how big the cubic meter is.

Shipping cargo LCL

It is difficult to imagine the volume of a cubic meter. Click on the picture below to watch a short video on YouTube about how much cargo you can ship paying for shipping cargo of volume in one cubic meter.

Ship boxes by cubic meter

Running ahead, there is always a minimum charge in LCL freight. Most of the time, the minimum is equal to the shipping of cargo of volume of one cubic meter. So, if you ship goods from the USA LCL, then you always pay the minimum, even though you ship a cargo of smaller volume.

In respect of international cargo transportation, you should distinguish freight price calculations based on chargeable (metric) volume and volume calculated based on the dimensional weight of cargo.

  • With chargeable volume, you are simply multiplying a freight rate per cubic meter (or cubic foot) by the volume of shipping cargo.
  • With the dimensional weight, there is a limit on the weight of shipping cargo per cubic meter or foot. If the density of cargo exceeds the limit, then the chargeable volume will be recalculated depending on the weight using formulas specific for different modes of cargo transportation and carriers.

In shipping freight from the US LCL, for general commodities, most of the time, the weight of shipping goods does not exceed the density limit. However, if you ship from the USA an extremely heavy cargo, then you should keep in mind the limitation.

Do not confuse ocean freight shipping (LCL) with U.S. domestic cargo transportation (LTL) that used in cargo pickups and line-hauls. Inland trucking freight charges always base on dimensional weight and weight class.

Dimensional weight

 

Cubic Meter in LCL shipping

LCL Sea freight is the most economical way to ship a relatively large volume of cargo from the U.S. overseas. Another advantage of shipping goods LCL is that, typically, the weight of the cargo is not a pricing factor. Please note that this statement is not valid for shipping aboard extremely heavy cargo. Find more about w/m limitations on our website.

Unlike with parcel service or in airfreight, when shipping from USA LCL, freight rates are primarily based on volume but not on the weight of shipping goods. LCL freight price quotes in international cargo transportation are based on ocean freight rates per cubic meters or cubic feet, but the weight of the load in kilos or pounds. If you ship LCL, then disregard the weight of your cargo.

If you ship from the USA loose boxes LCL, then these pictures should give you an idea of how many shipping boxes may fit into the volume of one cubic meter.

  shipping boxes in seafreight    cubic meter in international shippingshipping boxes fit in one cubic meter

Please note that the overall volume of your shipping boxes does not have to be limited by one cubic meter. LCL freight is not limited by volume. The total volume of your LCL shipment will be derived as a sum of the volumes of your shipping units (including fractions). For example:

international shipping of boxes in seafreight

Transporting of 20 shipping boxes sizes of 18"x14"x12" is equal to shipping 1.42 CUBIC METERS. (20x1.50'x1.67'x1' = 50.1 cubic feet = 1.42 CUBIC METERS)

international shipping of boxes

Transporting of 6 shipping boxes sizes of 18"x18"x22" is equal to shipping 0.7 CUBIC METER* (6x1.50'x1.50'x1.83' = 24.7 cubic feet = 0.7 CUBIC METERS)

*Important: international LCL sea freight rates always have minimum charges on entire shipments. In this example, if the rate is $125 per CBM / $125 minimum charge, then you always pay $125 till volume your cargo go over one cubic meter.

Typically (but not always), minimum charges in LCL rates are equal to costs for shipping of cargo of volume of one cubic meter. Please keep in mind that if your total shipping volume multiplied by the LCL Sea freight rate per CBM will be less than the minimum in the ocean freight rate, then you will be charged that minimum regardless of an actual volume that you are shipping.

In your international delivery from the USA, using the LCL, you can ship overseas any sizes of boxes and crates. You can mix and match shipping boxes of any sizes. You can ship boxes, crates, luggage, or any other cargo adequately packed and labeled for the international shipping. The only limitation is that all your shipping units must fit into a 40-foot multimodal sea freight container.

Please note that all the information does not apply to ship goods from the USA overseas with international moving companies. This website is about shipping from the USA directly with international cargo transportation companies.

 
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