Weight vs Measure is a method of calculating chargeable weight for the transportation industry. This is a concept that has many people confused. It is also the way Freight Companies charge for Transportation (Ocean Freight Mainly). It is a confusing concept, unless you have a company like Michael S. Dubin – CHB to help you understand.
(Remember, knowledge is money——–the more you “know” the more you save, and less chance you will be taken advantage of)
So, let me ask you. What would you believe costs more to ship? 5 Pallets of Metal Hand Tools or a 5 Pallet of Feather Pillows?
It all boils down to a simple formula for calculating. But first, you must accept the fact that the world works in the Metric System, and we must convert everything into Kilograms and Centimeters. But in order to do this, you must first realize that Ocean Freight works in Cubic Meters. Now, in order to be able to compare, WEIGHT VS MEASURE, we must first have a CONSTANT.
THE CONSTANT IS 1 CUBIC METER = 1000 KILOS.
With this understanding, we can do the math. Now, my 5 pallets of hand tools measures (5) Multiplied by 48″ x 40″ 20″ and the tools and pallet weight 950 lbs (431 kgs) a piece or 4750 lbs (2155 kgs)
***** ALWAYS ROUND UP, THE INDUSTRY DOES ******
My boxes of Feather Pillows, which are sitting on 5 pallets measures: (5) 52″ x 44″ x 30″ tall and weighs 75 lbs, with the pallet (34 kgs) each, or 375 lbs / 171 kgs.
You would think that the hand tools, would cost more to ship. But remember, this is Weight vs Measure——–we must do the math, based on this formula.
Inch x inch x inch x number of boxes Divide by 1728 Multiplied by .028317 will offer you your CUBIC METERS BY SIZE/VOLUME.
Similarly knowing that 1 Cubic Meter = 1000 Kgs, we must compare.
Looking at the tools, we have (5) 48 ” x 40″ x 20″ Divide by 1728, Multiplied by .028317 = 3.14 Cubic Meters –
And we know that the Pallet of Tools weighs 2155 kgs.
WEIGHT VS MEASURE FOR TOOLS
Which converts to more Cubic Meters?
2155 KGS (To calculate CBM’s Divide by 1000) or
Actual Weight converted to CBMs is = 2.155 CBMs
So for the Tools we have a choice:
3.14 CBM’s based on Measure and 2.155 based on weight.
Weight vs Measure——————YOUR CHARGEABLE VOLUME WILL BE 3.14 CBMS!!!!
*** NOW YOU CALCULATE THE FEATHERS ****
The feathers cost more to ship… Do you believe me? You can prove it mathematically! Try for yourself!