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Updated on June 18, 2013

Cubic Meter Also Called CBM.

If you doing business or dealing with job or you want to ship something the knowledge about the CBM is most important for you. I see most of the Business Peoples or others they don’t know how to calculate the CBM. They let them others how they calculate for you. Others may calculate favoring their business. You can save much money if you know how to calculate it.

It will be better if we discuss with an example. Suppose you want to ship 50 cartons each carton size is

Height 20cm

Width 30cm

Length 40cm



1st STEP:

Must know the formula to calculate CBM is as under

CBM = W x H x L






2Nd Step:

Please be remember the W, H, L, must be in Meter. If it’s not in meter need convert in the meter. In our example the W, H, L is in cm so according to international standard 1 Meter is equal to 100cm. so we need to divide by 100 to get result in Meter.

Height 20 cm = 20/100 = 0.20 M

Width 30 cm = 30/100 = 0.30 M

Length 40 cm = 40/100 = 0.40 M

TIP: If you have measurement in CM and need to convert it to Meter the easiest way to move 2 decimal places. 20 CM after moving 2 decimal it will become 0.20 M.



3rd Step:

Now put values in the formula:

CBM = W x H x L

CBM = 0.20 X 0.30 X 0.40 = 0.024 CBM

So now your 1 Carton is equal to 0.024 CBM. It also means that your 1 carton will occupy 0.024 CBM space.



4th and Final Step:

If 1 carton will occupy 0.024 CBM the 50 cartons will occupy:

0.024 x 50 = 1.2CBM

That it, now you know that your total volume of shipment in Cubic Meter is 1.2 CBM.

Hope it will be helpful for you.


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      FARHAN 10 months ago


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      ALI 18 months ago

      Room Size = (W) 8 feet x (L) 14 feet x (H) 10 feet. What is the Cubic Meter?

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      badshah 18 months ago

      thank you its very helpful

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      Dani 19 months ago

      Size of Box

      Length 60cm

      Width 38cm

      height 45

      No of box 1pc

      Our Company approved rate: 29pesos per kilogram, please help us how to compute. Thank you

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      Zohaib Memon 20 months ago

      W 4.00 x L 4.00 x H 3.75

      Please adv CBM ?

      Please urgently reply

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      Mujib Khan 2 years ago

      It is very much helpful! good work! Thanx a lot.

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      sawan 2 years ago

      relay good

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      Elijah 2 years ago

      Hi,I've a tank measures 1.7H by4.8Lby4W how much cubic meter do the tank have?

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      Md. Ahasanul Hoque 2 years ago

      Ok sir, thanks for your good idea.

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      rajesh chandran 2 years ago

      how to calculate cbm for 2''x6''x10' white wood

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      Latika 2 years ago

      Qty - 350 kgs

      Packed in 30 Boxes (Corrugated Box)

      Box Size - H 340 mm x L 420 mm x W 290 mm

      please clearify total cbm

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      BSP 2 years ago

      1 cbm means how many kg

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      awesome 2 years ago

      its accurate

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      Nayak 2 years ago

      Good things dear sir

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      Sandeep Tyagi 2 years ago

      You are a perfect teacher

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      A.Z.M YOUSUF 2 years ago

      I'm a student of textile & I have problem which mention in below:

      # prob:

      mens polo pique shirt whose dimension is 12"*7"*8", The total order quantity is 25000pcs. The rate of 20' container is $3500 & 40' container is $5000. which type of container do you book & why?

      plz give me a solution in easy way as soon as possible.

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      prasad 2 years ago

      thanks simple teaching method

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      Jenie Quiza 2 years ago

      I understand but when i solved its not wright

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      Mark Gariki 2 years ago

      Thanks it's help me in my shipping field area

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      ayaz 2 years ago

      if the W=243, L=243 and H=357 of carton please help that how i calculate the CBM?

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      Ummar 2 years ago

      how to calculate if it is: 2385mm x 1158mm x 1410mm = ?

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      Palix 3 years ago

      Thanks for clear explanation of little thing impact some ones big-time

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      prasad 3 years ago

      Thanq it is very helpful to me...........

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      Subho 3 years ago

      Nice...great n Thanks

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      ram 3 years ago

      if we have gw can i calculate cbm

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      SUSANTA KUMAR SUR 3 years ago

      thank you very much. I hope it must be helpful to take any decision.

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      Mohana Krishnan 3 years ago

      Very useful information, Thank you so much !!


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      12706.2724 3 years ago

      I want to round up the decimals can help me to d so

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      MANU 3 years ago


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      CS. Naimish 3 years ago

      is article let us learn Calculation of CBM under LCL sea shipment. Why to measure LCL shipment? How to calculate volume of cargo under sea LCL shipment? What is the importance of calculation of volume of cargo under LCL shipment?

      Calculating volume of cargo is a common subject for all exporters and other shipping related companies. If cargo is Full Container Load (FCL), the freight charge is for full container load basis. But if the cargo is a Less Container Load (LCL), normally a freight forwarder charges freight on the basis of volume of cargo. A freight forwarder charges freight on the basis of CBM. How to calculate CBM in LCL export shipments

      The method of calculation of volume of cargo under sea LCL shipment

      CBM means Cubic Meter. However, the total weight of cargo should not exceed 1 ton. That means, if the cargo weight is above 1000kgs, the volume of cargo is treated on the basis of weight. In short, freight forwarders charges LCL rate on the basis of ‘per CBM’ or per weight of 1000kgs (1 ton) which ever is higher. CBM – cubic meter is calculated by multiplying length, width and height of packages of goods. For example, if the length, height and width of a cargo is 2.3 meters, 1.4meters and 2 meters respectively, the volume of cargo is 2.3 X 1.4 X 2.00 = 6.44 CBM. If you have the measurement in inches or centimeters, first you need to convert in meters and then calculate CBM which will be easier for you. If freight forwarder quote a rate of USD 10.00 per CBM, the rate will be 6.44 CBM X USD 10.00 per CBM = USD 64.40.

      If the weight of the said package is 7 tons (7000kgs), the freight on LCL is calculated on the basis of weight. That is, 7 tons X USD 10.00 = USD 70.00. So, weight of 1 ton (1000kgs) is treated as 1cbm. In other words, the LCL freight is calculated on the volume of 1 CBM or weight of 1 ton (1000kgs) which ever is higher.

      Also read - Why do carriers balance weight and volume while charging freight amount in Exports?

      How to calculate chargeable weight for airfreight in exports? How to calculate weight for airfreight.

      I hope, I could explain about calculation of volume of LCL cargo in easy method.

      Would you like to share your experience in volume of cargo and related subjects?

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      SiDDhi... 3 years ago

      Thanks its very helpful for me....

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      g.manjunatha 3 years ago

      very helpful.

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      tires 3 years ago

      if we know only Diameter 192 and width 75 how can calculate CBM? Thanks in advance.

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      Thampi 3 years ago

      Could you please let me know the cbm of PIPE (WIDTH= 0.78M) (LENGTH.MTRS = 20M) (THICKNESS = 16MM)

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      thanu 3 years ago

      the airlines giving dimensions like this

      110x80x120 , in this which is height, width and length.


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      Chosunmate 3 years ago

      This surely is a gem of knowledge that is useful for my newfound affair with export-import business:)

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      Rehan Hussain Shahid 3 years ago

      Thanks for this

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      Shihabuddeen A 3 years ago

      thank u very much.....

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      RP 4 years ago

      THANK U

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      Anayo nwa 4 years ago

      So excited knowing how to measure CBM via this site.I bought curtain material of 50rolls and was afraid shipping it to nigeria due I was advice to air freight them, 1roll is about 36kg.I quickely measure the CBM and the cost of shipment became less for me.Thanks .

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      ali 4 years ago

      Its rly helpful...


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      umar hammad 4 years ago

      thanks its very helpful for me

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      Really very happy to know this.

      I am very much thank to you

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      Basit Malik,,, China 4 years ago

      So beautiful and easyway to learn ,, thank you very much,,,

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      JUBINJOSJUBY@GMAIL.COM 4 years ago


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      Victoria 4 years ago

      Hi. Im struggling.

      We have just been posted abroad and been told we are allowed 9cubic meters fpr shipping space. What is this in W.Lengh and height xxx

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      Ismail 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this important information

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      shailesh 4 years ago

      if 460 cartoons cbm ..i..e 60 cbm so one cartoon....460/60= 7.666 cbm

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      nv patel 4 years ago


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      naersh 4 years ago

      how to convert 2.5 CBM to KG

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      Shakeel Ahmad 4 years ago

      awaiz bhai ap khd b calculate kar saktey hain. dakhain agr ap k pas jo cartons hain un ki dimension agr inches me ho ya c,m me ho, upr jo formula bataya he ap us se help le saktey.

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      Shakeel Ahmad 4 years ago

      DEAR SIR

      If we calculate cbm and dimesion is in cm thn we we calculate as LXWXH/1000000X total cartons

      and if we have dimension in inches thn we calculate as

      LXWXH/61024* no of total cartons

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      ARS 4 years ago

      Awais bhai 16 x 12 x 12 this is inches, inches ko convert karne ke ley 1728 use kare.

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      otim osbert 4 years ago

      Thanks very helpful,a few months back was stuck over that with ma uncle

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      Ashfaque 4 years ago

      Its method is very helpful

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      AWAIS ZAIDI 4 years ago

      DEAR : SIR


      LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT / 1728 / 35.3

      16 X 12 X 12 / 1728 / 35.3 = 0.038

      Q #




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      (Garments Division)

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      Jolly 4 years ago

      You copied it from our website, you sick loser

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      dolapo 4 years ago

      i love your explanation on topics. its always very simple to understand.

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      Nizam 4 years ago

      how can i calculate a CBM from feet (i.e 8x1x20) for a commercial vehicle?

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      Naresh Pant 4 years ago

      Pls advise 05 Carton and 1.20 CBM then Pls advise how many KGS

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      Dale 4 years ago

      Thanks, I'm relaxed cos your explanation is quite simple to understand.

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      Faha 4 years ago

      Thanks for Idea. Its very eusy to solution.

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      azhar 4 years ago

      i have getten knowledge how calculates CBM

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      shaf 4 years ago

      how to calculate the CBM of a PipeBend

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      Jony 4 years ago

      How can i measure CBM to kg in a cartoon.

      suppose one cartoon measurement 60*40*12. how many kgs goods capacity in this cartoon. how can i measure it please tell me.

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      suresh kumar 4 years ago

      how to calculate break bulk and project cargo

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      Malik 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot!! Surely helped.

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      Amanat 4 years ago

      You teach the hard things in a very easy system.Thanks a lot.

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      Amanat 4 years ago

      You teach the hard things in a very easy system.Thanks a lot.

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      Amanat 4 years ago

      It is very easy system.Thank you very much.

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      tushar 4 years ago

      ples solution

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      zzeeshan 4 years ago

      w=17inch L=29inch H=13inch plz tell me what is the cbm conform

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      wilson 4 years ago

      your teaching method is very good and it is very helpful.thanks

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      mani 5 years ago

      really help us

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      nishan 5 years ago

      i prefer the below way of calculation-

      55 x .01 x 18 x .01 x 20.5 x .01= 0.020295 cbm

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      Kawsar 5 years ago

      Really help full for me, Thanks

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      Jehangir Butt 5 years ago

      I have Question.

      460 cartons


      how we calculate per carton cbm

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      GAMENTKHAN 5 years ago

      Really Hats off.,

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      rdx 5 years ago


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      Ms Honey 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot

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      Ibrahim 5 years ago

      how to calculate the following into cbm

      213.36cm x 106.68cm x 177.8 cm

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      BHARATHI 5 years ago

      HOW TO CALCULATE CUBIC METER TO L X W X H=4.010X2.920X1.580 = ?


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      Manoj 5 years ago

      Very Easily Define

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      Rakesh 5 years ago

      i want to calculate a tank capacity in cubic meters. The length is 9 meter, width one end it is 8 meter the other end it is 2 meter, and the height is 2.5 meter. how to calculate the cbm ? plz help and if possible plz send to

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      rumme 5 years ago

      easy method.

      many thanks.

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      Bushra Batool 5 years ago

      help full for my business

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      deepak 5 years ago

      very helpful

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      deepak 5 years ago

      very help full my business

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      ayoub dubai 5 years ago

      i have question

      we have 1600 kg and 9.5 cbm

      ratio of sea : 1 cbm is by $ 100

      so what is volumitric weight of sea ?

      ratio of air : 1 kg is by $ 0.9

      so what is v w of air ?

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      Jehangir khan 5 years ago

      thanks a lot my dear

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      Adnan 5 years ago

      At the time of placing the order of spare parts, system show the Total CBM is 561,772.94, so what is the mean of this ? the total net weight of part is approx 245kgs.

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      tapas 5 years ago


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      Muhammad Atique 5 years ago

      This is the simplest formula that I've found for cmb calculation.

      if you divide cms seperately then you've to do this by dividing on 100 and when your are doing it cumulative then do it by 1000000......

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      SYED 5 years ago


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      Mahesh 5 years ago

      If dimenssions is in feet & inches then how to calculate

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      tannalot269 5 years ago

      calculation of CBM if it is: 550mm x 180mm x 205mm

      Convert the above mm to cm;

      (550 x 180 x 205)/1000 = 20295 cm

      You can also apply;

      (55 x 18 x 20.5)/ 1000000 = 0.020295 cmb

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      sudhakar 5 years ago

      thanks for your ser

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      Your method of Teaching is the simplest and universaly perfect, unlike others. You made my Day.

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      Asif Munir 5 years ago

      Its really really helpful . Thanx