# How to Calculate CWT in Freight

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When shipping large amounts of freight, you will often need to know the hundredweight of your shipment. A hundredweight, abbreviated CWT, comes in three sizes: short, long and metric. A short CWT is equal to 45.4kg. and is used in the United States. A long CWT is equal to 50.8kg. and is used in the United Kingdom. A metric CWT of 50 kilograms (49.9kg.) is used in some European countries.

Skill level:
Easy

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## Instructions

1. 1

Weigh your freight on the scale. If you are weighing freight loaded onto a vehicle, you must weigh the vehicle empty first, and subtract that weight (the tare weight) from the weight of the loaded vehicle to get the weight of your freight.

2. 2

Divide the weight by 100 to get the weight in short CWT. For example, if your freight weighs 680kg., that converts to 15 short CWT.

3. 3

Divide the weight by 112 to get the weight in long CWT. In this example, 680kg. of freight converts to 13.39 long CWT.

4. 4

Divide the weight by 110 to get the weight in metric CWT. Freight weighing 680kg. would be 13.64 metric CWT.

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