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## Some goods are heavy but take up very limited space, others are really light but take up alot of space in a trailer. # We use these calculations:

1. Gross weight

3. Volumetric weight

Chargeable weight = the largest weight from the 3 calculations above

Let us assume that we want to ship a consignment that consists of 10 pallets with the following measurements:

• Dimensions of each pallet [mm]: 1200 x 1000 x 1800

• Weight of each package [kgs]: 960 gross weight

Step 1:  Add the weight factors

Each carrier will have a:

• Volumetric [cbm] factor. For example, 1 m3 = 333 kgs

• Loading meter [Ldm] factor. For example, 1 pallet space = 1250 kgs

Step 2:  Calculating the gross weight of the cargo

The gross weight of our cargo is 9600 kgs.

Step 3 :  Calculating the Ldm of the consignment

We will multiply the length and width of the consignment and then divide by the width of the trailer. We are using a default of 2.4m. [= 0.5 ldm]

Now multiply that figure by the number of pallets. [= 5 ldm]

Example of the carriers Loading meter factor = 1250 kgs / ldm

LDM weight = Total Ldm of the consignment x road shipment Ldm weight factor

Ldm Weight= 5 Ldm x 1250 kgs/ Ldm = 6250 kgs

Step 4 :  Calculating the volumetric weight of the cargo

We will multiply the volume of the consignment with the volumetric weight factor of the carrier to get the volumetric weight.

Example of the carriers volumetric weight factor = 333 kgs / cbm

Volumetric Weight = Total volume of the consignment x road shipment volumetric weight factor

Volumetric Weight= 21,6 cbm x 333 kgs/ cbm = 7192,8 kgs

Step 5 : Calculating the chargeable weight of the cargo:

We now compare:

• the gross weight

• the volumetric weight

of the consignment and select the biggest amount. This will be your chargeable weight for the given shipment.

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