If you’re going to use shipment by sea or air for international removals, you’ll need to give a good idea of how much you’re shipping in order to get an accurate quote. In general, sea freight is measured by volume and air freight by weight.
If you’re shipping your possessions by sea, your removal company will ensure they’re packed as economically as possible into the container, leaving little or no unused space. This means you can work out the total volume by measuring length, breadth and height of each item and adding up a combined figure for each dimension. These can be used to calculate the volume required for the entire consignment.
If you’re going for air freight, the chances are you won’t be sending major items of furniture, which makes calculating the weight a little easier. You can either weigh a complete group of items (e.g. ornaments) in a box or bag, which you then weigh on its own, with the difference being the weight you use. In the case of a large collections (e.g. books or DVDs), you can weigh a small group of average-sized items and multiply to get a total.