This acronym usually stands for 'gross weight', which is the total weight of a defined article or grouping of articles, often used in freight measurements.The measure was developed to produce an overall figure for the weight of a load or type of material. It can be a useful qualifier, defining weights for loaded or unloaded vehicles, planes, or other situations where the gross weight relates to the actual handling weight of the subject:
Examples of GWT:
Shipping load of semi trailer: Loaded 12 tons gwt, unloaded 8 tons gwt.|
Fighter plane: With full combat load 22,000kg gwt, basic configuration 20,000kg gwt
A weighbridge, used for weighing trucks.