Cargo Weight

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The weight of the goods being transported by a carrier.

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What is Cargo Weight & How is it Calculated?

Cargo weight in shipping refers to the weight of goods or materials being transported on a ship or other mode of transportation. Accurately calculating cargo weight is essential for ensuring safety and compliance with regulations, as well as determining shipping costs. 


The calculation of cargo weight can vary depending on the mode of transportation and the type of cargo. In general, there are two types of cargo weight: gross weight and net weight. 


Gross weight is the total weight of the cargo and the packaging or container it is in. This includes any pallets, crates, or other materials used to transport the goods. Gross weight is typically used for calculating shipping rates, as it includes all materials that will need to be transported. 


Net weight is the weight of the cargo alone, without any packaging or container. Net weight is important for determining the actual weight of the cargo being transported, as well as for calculating duties and taxes on the goods. 


To calculate cargo weight, the weight of the cargo and any packaging or container must be accurately measured using a scale or other measuring device. This weight is then used to determine the gross weight or net weight, depending on the specific requirements of the shipment. It is important to ensure that the weight is accurate, as inaccurate measurements can lead to safety hazards or financial penalties. 

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