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How is volume measured for an overseas move?

Volume: A starter guide

The volume of goods is typically calculated in cubic meters (or cubic feet) when moving overseas. Here’s a general guide on how volume is calculated:

  • Measurements: Measure the length, width, and height of each item or box in either meters or feet.
  • Convert to Cubic Measurements: Multiply the length, width, and height to get the volume of each item or box. If you measured in meters, you’ll have the volume in cubic meters. If you measured in feet, you’ll have the volume in cubic feet. For example, if you have a box that is 1.5 meters long, 1 meter wide, and 0.8 meters high, the volume would be 1.5 * 1 * 0.8 = 1.2 cubic meters.
  • Sum up the Volumes: If you have multiple items or boxes, calculate the volume for each one and then add them together to get the total volume of your shipment.
  • Adjust for Packing Materials: If you’re using boxes, be sure to account for the volume of packing materials like bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Subtract this volume from the total.
  • Conversion: If your shipping company uses a different unit of measurement (e.g., cubic feet instead of cubic meters), make the necessary conversions.

Although exact volumes will depend on the size of your effects, these below examples are based on standard furniture sizes and can give you an idea of what the volume of your effects can look like.

  • 1x Double Bed + 1x Chest of Drawers + 1x Double doored wardrobe = around 4cbm
  • 10 of our standard cartons which are 46cm x 46cm x 50cm = 1cbm
  • 1x 50” TV + 1x TV stand + 1x Coffee table = around 1cbm
  • 2 seater sofa + 3 Seater sofa = around 3cbm

It’s essential to provide accurate measurements to the your chosen moving company to get an accurate quote for shipping costs. Keep in mind that different shipping methods and carriers may have specific requirements and limitations, so it’s advisable to consult with the chosen shipping company for precise guidelines and assistance.