Net versus Bruto (Gross) Volume
Net versus Bruto (or Gross) volume and accuracy of truckers
B. Be clear if your estimate is Net or Gross. Net is actual measurements. (This may not be written, but you know it is “net”, if a 1.5 cubic foot box is counted as 1.5 cubic feet!) Gross is billable volume after packing and palletizing or crating–the usable space taken by goods. Packing adds 15-20% to net; crating or palletizing adds 15-25% to that. A lot depends on how goods fit standard pallets and crates. On tiny shipments (100 cubic feet or less), palletizing alone can add 50-100% to the net volume. A lot depends on how goods fit standard pallets and crates.
From the Volume Verification form signed by customer
The Total net cu. ft. measured in the container / truck is _____ cubic feet.
*Final volume measure for a less than container size shipment will change up to 15-25% when preparing for a shipment in a lift van or on a pallet.