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By H-Lift | 09 August 2023 | 0 Comments

Tonne vs Ton

The terms "tonne" and "ton" can be a bit confusing because they are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different units of mass or weight:

Tonne (Metric Tonne):

  • Abbreviation: "t" or "MT"
  • Mass: 1 tonne = 1,000 kilograms = approximately 2,204.62 pounds
  • Commonly used in countries that follow the metric system (most of the world outside the United States)
  • Widely used in scientific, industrial, and commercial contexts, particularly in international trade


  • The term "ton" can refer to different units depending on the country or system being used.
Imperial Ton or Long Ton(UK and some other countries):
  • Abbreviation: "ton"
  • Mass: 1 imperial ton = 2,240 pounds = approximately 1,016.05 kilograms
  • Used in some countries that follow the British Imperial system
North America Ton or Short Ton:
  • Abbreviation: "ton"
  • Mass: 1 U.S. ton = 2,000 pounds = approximately 907.18 kilograms
  • Used in the United States and Canada

In summary, the key difference between "tonne" and "ton" is that "tonne" is a metric unit of mass, while "ton" can refer to either the imperial ton (used in some countries) or the U.S. ton (used in the United States). When using these terms, it's important to consider the context and the specific system of measurement being used.

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