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- Measure the height, width, and depth of the shipment in inches. Measure to the farthest points, including skids or other packaging. On shipments with multiple pieces, repeat Step 1 for each piece.
- Multiply the three measurements (height x width x depth). The result is the total cubic inches of the shipment. If you have multiple pieces, multiply the height x width x depth for each piece. Take the results for each piece and add them together to get the total cubic inches
- 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.
- Divide the weight (in pounds) of the shipment by the total cubic feet. The result is the pounds per cubic foot,
*i.e.,*density. - For multiple pieces, add the weight of each piece together before dividing by the total cubic feet of the shipment.
- Round fractions to the nearest full cubic foot number.

- Multiply 42" x 48" x 48" = 96,768 cubic inches
- Divide 96,768 by 1,728 = 56 cubic feet
- Divide 500 pounds by 56 cubic feet = 8.9 pounds per cubic feet (PCF), i.e., the shipment density.