Unit Conversion


Physical Weight
From To Multiply By
Pounds Kilos 0.4536
Kilos Pounds 2.2046
Metric Ton Kilos 1,000
Long Ton Pounds 2,240
Short Ton Pounds 2,000
From To Multiply By
Cubic Meter KCubic Feet 35.3147
Cubic Feet Cubic Inches 1,728
Cubic Meter Cubic Centimeters 1,000,000
From To Calculation
Fahrenheit (F) Celsius (C) (F-32) x 5/9
Celsius (c) Fahrenheit (F) (C x 9/5) + 32
Seafreight Trade Lane Conversions
Weight Or Measure Metric (W/M) 1,000 Kilos or 1 Cubic Meter
US Domestic 100 Pounds or 1 Cubic Foot
Caribbean 2,000 Pounds or 40 Cubic Feet
Linear Measure
From To Calculation
Inches Centimeters 2.54
Centimeters Inches 393701
Meters Feet 3.281
Air to Sea Conversions
From To Multiply By If IATA
Volume Kilos Cubic Meters 0.006 6,000
Volume Kilos Cubic Meters 0.007 7,000

When you do not have enough cargo to fully use all the space or physical weight limitations of an entire ocean container you have what is called less-than-containerload (LCL) cargo. If your cargo is too large to fit inside any type of ocean container, you have what is called break-bulk ocean cargo. Either way, the cost of the “space” your cargo will utilize inside a consolidated ocean container or loose on a breakbulk ocean vessel compared to cost associated with the physical weight of your cargo is used in calculating ocean freight cost.

Most LCL freight cost is based on the higher of 1,000 kilos or 1 cubic meter and referred to as weight or measure (W/M) metric.


Nine pallets, each 150kgs and 122cm x 101.5cm x 127cm
(English Standard Measure, each 330.7lbs and 48in x 40in x 50in)
9 pallets x 122cm x 101.5cm x 127cm / 1,000,000 cubic centimeters = 14.15 cubic meters
9 pallets x 48in x 40in x 50in = cubic inches / 1,728 = cubic feet / 35.314 = 14.15 cubic meters

The physical weight of this shipment is 9 pallets x 150 kilos = 1,350 physical kilos. For the volume of this cargo not to exceed the physical weight, the physical weight would need to be at least 14,150 kilos. Since this is not the case, the ocean freight would be calculated based on 14.15 cubic meters.

The most commonly used calculation in the US domestic LCL markets of Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico is the greater of 100 pounds or 1 cubic foot, and in the Caribbean LCL market is the greater of 2,000 pounds or 40 cubic feet. Metric Ton, Short Ton and Long Ton values are used as the basis of breakbulk ocean cargo freight calculations.

Air/Sea Freight Combination
Air Freight, Sea Freight and Air/Sea Combination services can be calculated and quickly compared using the above provided AIR/SEA FREIGHT CONVERSION table. Use 0.006 factor if comparing to airfreight based on IATA standard of 6,000 cubic centimeters per one physical kilogram and use 0.007 factor if comparing to airfreight based on 7,000 cubic centimeters per one physical kilogram. In the Example, 2,359 volume kilos of airfreight (based on IATA standard) x 0.006 = 14.15 cubic meters sea freight.