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LTL Freight Density Calculator

Conestoga in Lake Orion, Michigan

Enter the Length, Width and Height in Inches and the Weight in Pounds to Calculate the Freight Density in Pounds per Cubic Feet (PCF).

How to Calculate a Shipment’s Density

Step 1

Measure the Length, Width, and Height of the shipment in inches. Measure to the farthest points for each dimension, including skids and packaging.

Step 2

Multiply the three measurements (Length, Width and Height). The result is the total cubic inches of the shipment. If you have multiple pieces, multiply the length x width x height for each piece. Take the results for each piece and add them together to get the total cubic inches

Step 3

Divide the total cubic inches by 1,728 (the number of cubic inches in a cubic foot). The result is the cubic feet of the shipment. Here is an example using a 42” x 48” x 48” skid weighing 500 pounds.

  1. Multiply 42″ x 48″ x 48″ = 96,768 cubic inches
  2. Divide 96,768 by 1,728 = 56 cubic feet
  3. Divide 500 pounds by 56 cubic feet = 8.9 pounds per cubic feet (PCF), i.e., density

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