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In UFF we know what your time and money means to the success of your business and how this can be done right at the start of your order.

Call us on 210 9242582 or fax us on 210 9235049 or email us at e-mail: , whatever is more convenient for you.

Communicate all the necessary details correct & complete:

Sender: (introduce yourself one-off) your name, full address, telephone number and email address. shipping address (if different than sender’s)
Mode of transport: tell us your preferred way of shipping (air-road-sea)
Dates of shipping: (readiness of shipment, transport, expected delivery date)
Commodity details: (what you want to transport, if hazardous etc)
Shipment details: (dimensions, weight, packaging, insurance etc)
Shipping terms: (FOB, CIF etc)
Destination: (receiver’s door, airport, port etc)
Receiver details: (full name, address, telephone number(s), fax, email)


Packaging is very important throughout the export – import processes. Ensure that appropriate packaging takes place for safety and avoidance of mistakes and delays (save time & money!) or ask us to take care of your packaging for you.

Calculate your chargeable weight

The chargeable weight of a freight shipment is calculated either as the actual weight (gross weight) or the volumetric (dimensional weight) whichever is the greater.

Large items with a light overall weight take more
space during transport than a small heavy item and
this is why transporters charge according to
chargeable weight.

the simple formula to calculate volumetric weights are:

Air (L cm x W cm x H cm) / 6000
Road (L cm x W cm x H cm) / 3000
Sea (L cm x W cm x H cm) / 1000

Example: a shipment consists of 5 boxes each weighing 30 kgs and each measuring 50 x 40 x 40 cm.
Actual gross weight : (5 boxes x 30 kgs) = 150 kgs.
Volumetric weight : (50 x 40 x 40) x 5 boxes / 6000 = 67 kgs
Result: 150 kgs is greater than 67 kgs so the chargeable weight is
150 kgs which in this case is also the actual gross weight.
Typically if a pallet is used, its dimensions are added. Never compromise good packaging. UFF can also take care of calculating the chargeable weight for you.