## What is a hundredweight?

A hundredweight, abbreviated as cwt, is a unit of weight commonly used in the imperial system of measurement.

There are two variations on hundredweights; the long hundredweight primarily used in the United Kingdom and the short hundredweight used in the United States.

In the imperial system, a long hundredweight is equal to 112 pounds or approximately 50.8 kilograms. The term "hundredweight" is derived from the fact that it originally represented the weight of 100 pounds of a particular commodity.

The short hundredweight is equal to 100 pounds or 45.35 kilograms.

## What is a long hundredweight?

A long hundredweight, also known as the imperial hundredweight, is a unit of weight commonly used in the United Kingdom and other countries that follow the imperial system of measurements.

It is equivalent to 112 pounds or approximately 50.802 kilograms. The long hundredweight is often used in trade and commerce for measuring bulk goods such as grains, coal, and other commodities.

In the metric system, the equivalent unit of weight to a long hundredweight is the metric ton, also known as a tonne. One metric ton is equal to 1,000 kilograms or approximately 2,204.62 pounds. When converting from long hundredweights to metric tons, one would divide the weight in long hundredweights by 20 to obtain the weight in metric tons. For example, if a shipment weighs 5 long hundredweights, it would be equivalent to 0.25 metric tons. The metric ton is the preferred unit of weight in most countries around the world due to its simplicity and ease of conversion in the metric system.