Metric Tons (Tonnes) Conversion

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The metric ton is a unit used to measure weight. Use one of the conversion calculators below to convert to another unit of measure, or read on to learn more about metric tons.

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Metric Ton Definition and Usage

One tonne is equal to 1,000 kilograms or 2,204.6 pounds, and is used throughout the world as a unit of mass/weight.[1] One tonne is also equal to 1 megagram. The metric ton should not be confused with short tons, used primarily in the US, or long tons, used primarily in the UK.

The metric ton is an SI accepted unit for weight for use with the metric system. A metric ton is sometimes also referred to as a tonne. Metric tons can be abbreviated as t, and are also sometimes abbreviated as T, Te, or MT. For example, 1 metric ton can be written as 1 t, 1 T, 1 Te, or 1 MT.

In the US the unit is referred to as the metric ton, while the rest of the world refers to it as the tonne. Most often it's still pronounced as tun, but it is sometimes pronounced tunny.

Background and Origin

The tonne dates back to 1877 as the French form of ton, and was later adopted as the SI unit of mass in the mid-1900s. The tonne is derived from the Germanic word tun.

How Much is a Metric Ton?

If you're here, then there's a good chance you might be wondering just how much is a metric ton? One metric ton is equal to 1,000 kilograms or 2,205 pounds.

The chart below shows how much a metric ton is in other measures of weight.

Common metric ton values and equivalent imperial and metric weight measurements
metric tons tons pounds ounces kilograms grams milligrams long tons carats
1 t 1.102311 t 2,205 lb 35,274 oz 1,000 kg 1,000,000 g 1,000,000,000 mg 0.984207 lt 5,000,000 ct
2 t 2.204623 t 4,409 lb 70,548 oz 2,000 kg 2,000,000 g 2,000,000,000 mg 1.968413 lt 10,000,000 ct
3 t 3.306934 t 6,614 lb 105,822 oz 3,000 kg 3,000,000 g 3,000,000,000 mg 2.95262 lt 15,000,000 ct
4 t 4.409245 t 8,818 lb 141,096 oz 4,000 kg 4,000,000 g 4,000,000,000 mg 3.936826 lt 20,000,000 ct
5 t 5.511557 t 11,023 lb 176,370 oz 5,000 kg 5,000,000 g 5,000,000,000 mg 4.921033 lt 25,000,000 ct
6 t 6.613868 t 13,228 lb 211,644 oz 6,000 kg 6,000,000 g 6,000,000,000 mg 5.905239 lt 30,000,000 ct
7 t 7.716179 t 15,432 lb 246,918 oz 7,000 kg 7,000,000 g 7,000,000,000 mg 6.889446 lt 35,000,000 ct
8 t 8.81849 t 17,637 lb 282,192 oz 8,000 kg 8,000,000 g 8,000,000,000 mg 7.873652 lt 40,000,000 ct
9 t 9.920802 t 19,842 lb 317,466 oz 9,000 kg 9,000,000 g 9,000,000,000 mg 8.857859 lt 45,000,000 ct
10 t 11.023113 t 22,046 lb 352,740 oz 10,000 kg 10,000,000 g 10,000,000,000 mg 9.842065 lt 50,000,000 ct
11 t 12.125424 t 24,251 lb 388,014 oz 11,000 kg 11,000,000 g 11,000,000,000 mg 10.826272 lt 55,000,000 ct
12 t 13.227736 t 26,455 lb 423,288 oz 12,000 kg 12,000,000 g 12,000,000,000 mg 11.810478 lt 60,000,000 ct
13 t 14.330047 t 28,660 lb 458,562 oz 13,000 kg 13,000,000 g 13,000,000,000 mg 12.794685 lt 65,000,000 ct
14 t 15.432358 t 30,865 lb 493,835 oz 14,000 kg 14,000,000 g 14,000,000,000 mg 13.778892 lt 70,000,000 ct
15 t 16.53467 t 33,069 lb 529,109 oz 15,000 kg 15,000,000 g 15,000,000,000 mg 14.763098 lt 75,000,000 ct
16 t 17.636981 t 35,274 lb 564,383 oz 16,000 kg 16,000,000 g 16,000,000,000 mg 15.747305 lt 80,000,000 ct
17 t 18.739292 t 37,479 lb 599,657 oz 17,000 kg 17,000,000 g 17,000,000,000 mg 16.731511 lt 85,000,000 ct
18 t 19.841604 t 39,683 lb 634,931 oz 18,000 kg 18,000,000 g 18,000,000,000 mg 17.715718 lt 90,000,000 ct
19 t 20.943915 t 41,888 lb 670,205 oz 19,000 kg 19,000,000 g 19,000,000,000 mg 18.699924 lt 95,000,000 ct
20 t 22.046226 t 44,092 lb 705,479 oz 20,000 kg 20,000,000 g 20,000,000,000 mg 19.684131 lt 100,000,000 ct

References

  1. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices, https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2017/05/09/h44-01-all.pdf

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