Whether shipping via ocean, air or land, it is important to have the correct measurements including weight or density to get the most accurate quote possible.

Calculating Density

Multiply length x width x height to get the total cubic inches of your cargo. Then divide the cubic inches by 1,728 in order to figure the cubic feet of the shipment. Round this answer to the nearest cubic foot. If you have more than one piece, add the inches together before multiplying to get cubic feet. Then divide the standard weight in pounds by the total cubic feet. This will be the density.


How the weight of a shipment is used will depend on the type of shipment you are shipment.

LTL – trucking companies use the standard weight in pounds to determine where your load will go on the truck when there is more than one customer's shipment in the trailer.

LCL – Shipping lines use either the weight or measure in metrics, whichever is higher, to determine how they will multiply the rates.

Out of Gauge

Measuring for out of gauge or oversized items, you will need to give the true length, width and height of the piece no matter how small of an extension it may have. To determine which type of container or rack you will need, first look at our container size page to see if you will be able to fit it in an open top container. Please keep in mind the loading of the item(s) since loading is half the battle in using an open top. If you are unable to use an open top, you will need a flat rack or a tween deck. When you present the measurements to us, we will help you determine what you will need.