 # Transportation – linear feet, linear meters

What are linear feet? What are linear meters?

A linear foot or a linear meter are, as they sound like, a foot or a meter in a line – a length of 1 foot or 1 meter. 5 linear meters describe a line 5 meters long.

In the field of transport, these linear meters or feet are used as a measurement of how much space is used in a truck. This linear footage or meters measurement is used notably for the pricing of LTL partload or LTL volume services.

By default, a 1 meter or 1 foot long item represents 1 loading meter or 1 loading foot, but loading meters or feet calculations can be influenced by the cargo placement inside a truck:

• Side by side: Putting items side by side takes up less loading meters than putting them end to end.
• Turnable Freight: By turning items you may increase or decrease the loading meters of the load.
Item packaging has to be designed so that a forklift can grab them and load them turned.

• Or can be converted to a dimensional weight which may then be used to calculate your rate.
This is done by multiplying the linear length by a known conversion factor – such as every loading meter is considered equivalent to 1765 kilos. This conversion factor is loosely based on the typical weight capacity and typical length of a semi-trailer.