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CBM

CBM Definition:

CBM refers to cubic meters, a shipment freight volume measurement for logistics. It quantifies the cargo or container volume.

CBM is mainly used in shipping logistics and international trade to provide or show the space occupied by containers or goods in three-dimensional space. It's vital and reliable when assessing storage requirements, transportation costs, and the container or cargo capacity. The standard formula for calculating CBM is:

CBM= Length x Width x Height

If a container or cargo shipment has items of varying sizes, the calculation is repeated for each volume. However, it's easy to do this when you use a CBM calculator.

Conex container on a trailer.

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