Lorry Semi-Trailer Capacity & Cargo Measuring Units

In transportation industry, a large number of different cargo quantity measuring units are used. below the most common cargo measuring units in trucking are described.

Loading capacity of a lorry is stipulated by different international requirements, such as dimensions and weights of vehicles allowed on roads.

The most common max cargo measuring units are the following parameters:

  • 24 000 kg
  • 34 EUR pallets (1 200 x  800 mm)
  • 26 FIN pallets (1 200 x 1 000 mm)
  • 85 m³ … 112 m³ (depending on the trailer type, either semi trailer or full trailer)
  • 13,6 ldm (loading metres).

The below table demonstrates the interdependency of different cargo measuring units.

EUR LDM m3 kg Explanation
1 0,4 2,5 740 EUR –
2 0,8 5 1480 EUR pallets (1200×800 mm)
3 1,2 7,5 2220  
4 1,6 10 2960 LDM –
5 2 12,5 3700 Loading metres
6 2,4 15 4440 (total metres used of trailer length)
7 2,8 17,5 5180  
8 3,2 20 5920 m3 (cbm) –
9 3,6 22,5 6660 Cubic metres
10 4 25 7400  
11 4,4 27,5 8140 Kg –
12 4,8 30 8880 Kilograms
13 5,2 32,5 9620  
14 5,6 35 10360 The transport price of part-loads
15 6 37,5 11100 Is calculated on the basis of the
16 6,4 40 11840 Biggest feature either weight or
17 6,8 42,5 12580 volume.
18 7,2 45 13320 E.g. 1 EUR pallet, 1 m3, 300kg,
19 7,6 47,5 14060 would be considered 1 EUR pll.
20 8 50 14800 Here the „biggest“ indication is pallet.
21 8,4 52,5 15540 But for 1 EUR pallet, 1 m3, 1400kgs
22 8,8 55 16280 the biggest indication is weight.
23 9,2 57,5 17020 Therefore if incoiced still in pallets, it
24 9,6 60 17760 would be amount for two pallets.
25 10 62,5 18500  
26 10,4 65 19240  
27 10,8 67,5 19980  
28 11,2 70 20720  
29 11,6 72,5 21460  
30 12 75 22200  
31 12,4 77,5 22940  
32 12,8 80 23680  
33 (FTL) 13,2/ 13,6 82,5 24000*  
34 (FTL) 13,6 85 24000*