Pounds to Metric Tons (Tonnes) Converter

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1 lb = 0.000454 t

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How to Convert Pounds to Metric Tons

To convert a measurement in pounds to a measurement in metric tons, multiply the weight by the following conversion ratio: 0.000454 metric tons/pound.

Since one pound is equal to 0.000454 metric tons, you can use this simple formula to convert:

metric tons = pounds × 0.000454

The weight in metric tons is equal to the weight in pounds multiplied by 0.000454.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000 pounds to metric tons using the formula above.
metric tons = (5,000 lb × 0.000454) = 2.267962 t

Pounds and metric tons are both units used to measure weight. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

What Is a Pound?

Pounds are a widely used unit of weight in the United States. The National Bureau of Standards approved the international definition of the pound for use in the United States in 1959 after an agreement between six nations referred to as the International Yard and Pound Agreement.[1]

One pound is equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. In the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems, one pound is equal to 7,000 grains.[2]

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of weight. A pound is sometimes also referred to as a common ounce. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb (plural lbs), and are also sometimes abbreviated as lbm or #. For example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb, 1 lbm, or 1 #, and 2 pounds can be written as 2 lbs.

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What Is a Metric Ton (Tonne)?

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.[3] 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.

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Pound to Metric Ton Conversion Table

Table showing various pound measurements converted to metric tons.
Pounds Metric Tons
1 lb 0.000454 t
2 lb 0.000907 t
3 lb 0.001361 t
4 lb 0.001814 t
5 lb 0.002268 t
6 lb 0.002722 t
7 lb 0.003175 t
8 lb 0.003629 t
9 lb 0.004082 t
10 lb 0.004536 t
20 lb 0.009072 t
30 lb 0.013608 t
40 lb 0.018144 t
50 lb 0.02268 t
60 lb 0.027216 t
70 lb 0.031751 t
80 lb 0.036287 t
90 lb 0.040823 t
100 lb 0.045359 t
200 lb 0.090718 t
300 lb 0.136078 t
400 lb 0.181437 t
500 lb 0.226796 t
600 lb 0.272155 t
700 lb 0.317515 t
800 lb 0.362874 t
900 lb 0.408233 t
1,000 lb 0.453592 t
2,000 lb 0.907185 t
3,000 lb 1.3608 t
4,000 lb 1.8144 t
5,000 lb 2.268 t
6,000 lb 2.7216 t
7,000 lb 3.1751 t
8,000 lb 3.6287 t
9,000 lb 4.0823 t
10,000 lb 4.5359 t


  1. National Bureau of Standards, Refinement of Values for the Yard and Pound, U.S. Department of Commerce, July 1, 1959, https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2017/05/09/frn-59-5442-1959.pdf
  2. Encyclopædia Britannica, Avoirdupois weight, https://www.britannica.com/science/avoirdupois-weight
  3. 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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