About Deluxe Freight Systems

Volumetric Charging

How does Volumetric Charging Work – Cube Calculator


Transport companies charge either DEAD weight or CUBIC weight.

Which ever is greater!

Dead weight = The actual weight of the item

Cubic weight = The volume weight i.e size of the freight item (formula calculation) see below

Throughout the industry, different cubic conversions exist. This normally depends on what transport mode is utilized by the customer. Please see your rate schedule to see what conversion rate applies to you. 


Standard cubic conversion is 1 cubic meter of space = 250kgs

Standard cubic conversion is 1 cubic meter of space = 333kgs


Multiply the Height (H) x Length (L) x Width (W) = M3 (Cubic measurement)

.CM X .CM X .CM =M3

To convert the cubic measurement to KG multiply the M3 amount by the applicable conversion rate


Width = 40cm (or.40 of a metre)

Height = 135cm

(0r 1.35 of a metre)

Length = 65cm (or .65 of a metre)

Multiply the height x length x Width =M3 x Conversion Rate (250 for this example)

1.35 x .65 x .40 = .35m3 x 250 = 87.5 kgs

You will be charged the greatest of the two. Dead weight or Cubic weight. If the actual box weighed 123 kgs you would be charged this weight. If the box was say, 23kgs. You would be charged the cubic weight of 87.5kgs