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FREIGHT ADVISER

What is a cubic meter ? How much to ship it from UK?

I have been contacted several times by or valued customers asking me the price of shipping cargo by sea as part of a container load otherwise known as Less than Container Load (LCL) . This is usually the case when you do not have
 enough cargo to occupy a Full Container Load. Your cargo will be shipped together with other customers cargo in a container, usually referred to as Consolidated cargo.
Sea Freight is usually charged per cubic meter. But what really is a cubic meter of cargo? People usually misunderstand what a cubic meter is in respect of international cargo transportation from UK by sea.

HOW TO CALCULATE CUBIC METER WHEN SHIPPING CARGO

A cubic meter of cargo (also known as CBM)  is a measurement of volume occupied by cargo in a space of ONE metre Length x One meter Width x  ONE meter Height  (100cm x 100cm x100cm)= 1cbm
SEA FREIGHT FROM UK, Ocean freight, Consolidated cargo, less than full container from UK

Technically speaking, a cubic meter of cargo can be any dimension of L x W x H in centimetres as long as  when all three dimensions are  multiplied together equals 1. 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIMENSIONS OF MY CARGO FOR SEA FREIGHT?

Unlike with a parcel service or airfreight, international LCL SEA FREIGHT  rates are MAINLY based on volume, but not on the weight of cargo. Sea freight rates for international sea freight shipments from the USA will be based on  sea freight rates per cubic meter, but not on the weight of cargo in kilos. However, sea freight rates from UK requires that you must supply the weight of your cargo as well.Its not that we do not charge by weight its just that the probability of having a dense item is low.We charge by size 99.99 % of the time and not by weight,  but still if you are shipping from UK, it is advisable to have all the dimensions and weight so that you get an accurate shipping cost.


HOW TO CONVERT VOLUME TO WEIGHT (VOLUMETRIC WEIGHT)

International volumetric weights are calculated using the formula below: 
(Length x Width x Height in centimeters) / 5000 = Volumetric Weight in kilograms
E.G> 100 X 100 X100 CM /5000=200KG.

It therefore means that if you have cargo occupying one cubic meter; its  volumetric weight is roughly 200kg.
So when we charge you, the cost of shipping cargo to a particular destination for a cubic meter, it will be roughly based on 200kg.
Please note that some companies use 6000  instead of 5000 to convert volume to weight. 

You may want to try this online volumtric calculator:>>>> ONLINE VOLUMETRIC CALCULATOR

HOW MUCH IS IT TO SHIP ONE CUBIC METER FROM UK?
Cost of  sea freight shipping from UK  depends on the collection point in UK  and the destination So we are not able to give a specific and universal cost of shipping a cubic meter from UK. It is more helpful if you contact our offices for specific destinations.
Under CONSOLIDATED CARGO shipping regulation, you will be charged a minimum of one cubic meter, even if you have a smaller volume.

IF YOU HAVE CARGO FOR SEA FREIGHT FROM UK- WHAT MUST YOU DO?
If you have cargo for shipment from UK as part of consolidated cargo, please contact our office for guidance. We are able to conduct a survey and estimation service so that you know the cost of shipping your goods before you decide to ship. 


Disclaimer:
This information is for your guidance and general information on sea freight shipping from UK. Information supplied here cannot be used as a basis for making a purchasing decision. Some companies may us different formulae to arrive at final volumetric weight and our formula is subject to change depending on our carrier and shipping liner at the time of making your booking.

We strongly advise you to have accurate dimensions and weight at all times to avoid errors.

You may wish to convert from centimeters  and kilogram to Inches and pounds from this online convetor:


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