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# What is cubing in transportation?

What is cubic capacity in logistics? It’s the way we arrange goods on pallets or in modes of transportation, like trucks or containers.

What is its purpose? Primarily, it’s to maximize the load without exceeding limits, making the most of dimensions within transportation regulations.

What should we consider? It’s essential to know the transported product, as not all are stackable, and the weight per axle matters.

Cubing plays a vital role in freight transportation and the competitiveness among companies. Since logistics costs impact product prices, cubing can be a determining factor in price fluctuations.

## How to calculate the cubic capacity of a container?

To calculate the cubic capacity of a container, we must take into account that it is measured in cubic feet.

Then, we obtain this measure by multiplying the length by the width by the height.

It aims to maximize the load inside a container, making rational use of all available space.

#### Cubic capacity in 20 cu. ft. containers

Capacity: 33.2 cubic meters.

• Length: 5.90 m
• Width: 2.35 m
• Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 26,000 kg

Empty weight: 2,300 kg

#### Cubic capacity in 40 cu. ft. containers

Capacity: 67 cubic meters.

• Length: 12.03 m
• Width: 2.35 m
• Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 28,500 kg

Empty weight: 3,780 kg

#### Cubing in 40 HC containers

Capacity: 76 cubic meters.

• Length: 12.03 m
• Width: 2.35 m
• Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 30,500 kg

Empty weight: 4,020 kg

#### Cubing in 45 HC containers

Capacity: 86 cubic meters.

• Length: 13.56 m
• Width: 2.35 m
• Height: 2.39 m

Maximum weight: 32,500 kg

Empty weight: 4,800 kg

### How to calculate the cubic capacity of a box?

To calculate the cubic capacity of a box we must perform the following operation:

Length x Width x Height

Ex: 40 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm = 16,000cm³.

*We must bear in mind that we must always use the same metric unit, otherwise the result will not be accurate. *