How Is CBM Calculated [Complete Guide With Example]

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If you want to know how is CBM calculated and the CBM calculation method.

You are on the right page!

Here you will get a complete guide on how to calculate the CBM of shipments for import-export of cargo.


Hello, friends welcome to another fresh article of “Indiancustoms.info”, Here in this article I explained how is CBM calculated.

Mainly CBM is used for Less Container Load (LCL) shipments to calculate cargo volume weight.

If your cargo is volumetric then your freight forwarder charges freight on CBM of cargo.

So, you need to understand the calculation process of CBM.

Because if you are working in the import-export industry CBM is one of the most important factors that you need to know to service in this industry.

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How Is CBM Calculated?

CBM is referred to as Cubic meter, a cubic meter is calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height [Lenght (Mtr) x Width (Mtr) x Hight (Mtr) = CBM] of goods package.

CBM calculation will help you to understand how much space your cargo will cover in the ship.

Before calculating CBM you need to covert the length, width & height of the box in Metter, It will make the CBM calculation process easier.

For Example:-

  • Lenght = 2.5 Mtr.
  • Width = 1.5 Mtr.
  • Hight = 2 Mtr.

Valume of cargo Will be 2.5 Mtr x 1.5 Mtr x 2 Mtr = 7.5 CBM

How Is CBM Calculated

7.5 CBM is the volume weight for your single carton, If your shipment contains 20 cartons, then you need to multiply single carton CBM with a total number of cartons.

7.5 x 20 = 150 (CBM of shipment)

If all carton sizes are different, calculate the CBM of each carton separately by using the same formula and adding them.

I hope now you understand how is CBM Calculated and what is the esiest method to calculate CBM. If anyone has any suggestions or queries please comment in the comment box.

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