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1,000 kg of springs has a larger volume than 1,000 kg of lead. In order to be able to charge this difference equally, certain conversion factors have been agreed upon within the transport sector.
For each shipment we calculate the volume weight and compare it to the actual weight in kilos. We make this calculation using an approved formula. With air freight, 1 cbm (cubic metre) equals 167 kg. With sea freight (LCL) 1 cbm equals a maximum of 200 kg, whereas with road transport 1 cbm equals 333 kg. The highest weight (volume or actual) is charged.
We calculate the final shipping costs on the basis of the higher of the two ‘weights’: this is the ‘chargeable weight’. If goods take up ‘too much’ space (e.g. large, bulky products), we therefore calculate with the volume weight in most cases.
With sea freight, you can opt for a full container, but also for a so-called LCL shipment. In that case we load several LCL shipments from different owners into 1 container. In this case, you pay for the space used in the container. Here we calculate with the Size/Weight (M/W) method: per cubic meter (‘size’) or per ton (‘weight’). So basically the same as the loadable weight, but with a different name.
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