How to Measure a Shipment
You may find the information detailed below useful when planning your next shipment.
What is a Cubic Foot?
A cubic foot is a space that measures 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot. To determine how many cubic feet a certain piece will be, multiply the length x width x height of the piece. For example, if a dresser measures 4 feet long x 2 feetwide x 5 feet high it is 40 cubic feet.
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If you are measuring in inches, the formula is: multiply the length in inches x width in inches x height in inches then divide by 1728 to get cubic feet. If you are measuring in centimeters, the formula is: multiply each centimeter by .39 to get inches. If you are measuring in cubic meters: divide each cubic meter by 35.5 to get cubic feet.
How Large is 100 Cubic Feet?
To give you a rough idea of how large a 100 cubic foot space is, measure a square on your floor that is 4 feet wide x 4 feet long. If this space were to be stacked 6-feet high, then the stack would equal 96 cubic feet (4 foot x 4 foot x 6 foot).
How Large is 50 Cubic Feet?
To give you a rough idea of how large a 50 cubic foot space is, measure a square on your floor that is 4 feet wide x 4 feet long. If this space were to be stacked 3-feet high, then the stack would equal 48 cubic feet (4 foot x 4 foot x 3 foot).
What is Net Cubic Feet? What is Gross Cubic Feet?
NET volume is the length x width x height of each piece within the shipment. GROSS volume is the length x width x height of the outside dimensions of the shipment once it has been palletized or crated.
How Will My Shipment be Measured?
Once the shipment arrives at our warehouse, we will prepare your shipment for export by either palletizing it or crating it.
Most shipments will be stacked on to a wooden base and then wrapped in thick plastic shrink-wrap. This base, called a pallet, generally measures 40 x 48 inches. Depending on the weight of your cartons, the pallet can be stacked up to 72 inches high. After the items are stacked, we will measure the length, width and height of the stacked pallet at its greatest points. Do not worry, no other shipments will be stacked onto your pallet.
Every pallet and crate is then loaded into a steel ocean container for transport overseas.