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# WHAT IS CUBIC CAPACITY IN TRANSPORTATION?

What is cubic capacity in logistics? Cubing is the action of “arranging” or placing goods on pallets or in a means of transport, i.e., trucks, containers, etc.

What is the purpose of cubing? Its main objective is to carry as much cargo as possible, without exceeding the maximum permitted load, and to make the most of the dimensions while respecting transport regulations and limitations.

What should be taken into account? It is important to know the product being transported very well, because not all products can be traced back, and not only that, but also the weight per axle must be taken into account.

Cubic capacity is an important factor in the transportation of cargo, as it is key to competitiveness among companies. The logistics cost is very important in defining the price of a product, so the cubic capacity can be a decisive factor when it comes to becoming a variable that can generate a considerable increase or decrease in prices.

## 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.

How do we achieve this measure? It is obtained by multiplying the length times the width times 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. *  