This is a standard calculation. Ocean carriers, freight forwarders, and consolidators calculate ocean freight rates in cubic meters (cbm).
L” x W” x H” / 1728 cu. In. / 35.3145 cu. ft. = ____ cbm (cubic meters / m3)
w/m – weight or measure, whichever is greater. Most of the time, rate is calculated by cbm (measure). FYI: weight (about 1,000 kilos)
Airlines / freight forwards calculate air freight weight in kilograms.
2-step process (to ensure that you’re using the correct weight)
L” x W” x H” / 166 (dim factor) = ____ vol. weight in lbs. (#)
You’ll use whichever is the greater weight – actual or volume (chargeable) weight (in lbs).
Then you will convert the greater weight (actual or volume) into kilos (kgs.)
______ weight (#) / 2.2046 = ______ converts weight in lbs. to weight in kilos
Internationally, there is a 1-step formula that will convert weight in lbs. (#) to kgs.; however, it does not account for whichever weight is greater.