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Gerhard Hänel23.06.2021 7 min

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The number of loading meters of a load specifies how many meters of the length of the means of transport are required for a particular freight. Loading meters are therefore a measure of the load on a truck and are used to plan and settle the available loading space in the means of transport.    PS: Here you can find our free truck route planner with toll: CargoApps  The formula for calculating the load meters for a load carrier is as follows:

``````Load carrier length x load carrier width / 2.4 = load meter_ (e.g. for a Euro pallet: 1.2 m x 0.8 m / 2.4 m = 0.4 ldm)
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If the goods to be loaded can be stacked, the above formula is extended by the stacking factor. If, for example, the goods can be stacked 3-fold, a stacking factor of 3 is used.

``````Length x width / 2.4 / stacking factor = loading meter (for example, for a Euro pallet: 1.2 m x 0.8 m / 2.4 m / 2 = 0.2 ldm)
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If more than one load carrier with the same footprint is to be loaded, the result can simply be multiplied.

``````Length x width / 2.4 / stacking factor * number of load carriers = loading meter (e.g. for a Euro pallet: 1.2 m x 0.8 m / 2.4 m / 2 * 16 = 3.2 ldm)
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For 16 load carriers of type 1, the result is 3.2 load metres as follows:

``````1.2 m x 0.8 m / 2.4 m / 2 * 16 = 3.2 ldm
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For 6 load carriers of type 2, this results in 1.6 load meters as follows:

``````1.2 m x 1.6 m / 2.4 m / 3 * 6 = 1.6 ldm
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Together you take 4.8 lane metres:

``````3.2 ldm + 1.6 ldm = 4.8 ldm
``````  ## A small task for calculation

A semi-trailer with a length of 13.6 metres and an internal height of 2.7 metres shall be loaded with 40 Euro pallets with a length of 1.2 metres, a width of 0.8 metres and a height of 1 metre. The pallets can be stacked according to the customer. How many loading metres are required?

Calculate the stacking factor:

``````2.7 m / 1 m = 2.7
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The pallet mathematically fits 2.7 times into the height of the semi-trailer. In reality, of course, only 2 times - so the stacking factor is 2. You should always make sure that there is at least 5 cm space left in the loading height.

``````1.2 m x 0.8 m / 2.4 m / 2 * 40 = 8 ldm