How Is CBM Calculated? | Best CBM Calculation Formula

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

This is the right place to learn the CBM calculation formula!

Here you will get a complete guide on how to calculate the CBM, it will be helpful for your ocean freight cost calculation.


Hello, friends welcome to another fresh article from “Indiancustoms.info”, Here in this article I explained to calculate the CBM volume or volume weight of cargo.

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 ocean freight based on the CBM of the cargo.

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

If you are working in the import-export industry, you must know how to calculate CBM or the value weight of your cargo.

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How Is CBM Calculated?

CBM is referred to as a Cubic meter, a cubic meter is calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height.

CBM calculation formula = Lenght (Mtr) x Width (Mtr) x Height (Mtr) = CBM] of goods package.

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

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

For Example:-

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

To calculate the Volume of cargo we need to multiply 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 the single carton CBM by the total number of cartons.

7.5 CBM x 20 Carton = 150 CBM (This is the CBM or volume weight of cargo)

If all carton sizes are different, then you need to calculate the CBM of each carton separately in ocean freight cost calculation by using the same formula and adding them.

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