Shipping Terms Glossary
Shipping Terms Glossary
Chargeable Weight

Chargeable Weight

Through Chargeable Weight, carriers take into account both the size and the weight of your shipment, and use the larger value to calculate the final rate.

What is Chargeable Weight?

Chargeable Weight = Volumetric Weight vs Gross Weight, whichever is greater.

How do you calculate Volumetric Weight?

Volumetric Weight = (length x width x height ) ÷ dimension factor*

*Dimensional Factor is a certain set number. For traditional air freight, it is 6000, and for express couriers (FedEx, DHL, UPS,etc) it is 5000.

How to calculate Volumetric Weight? 

Here's an example using our formula 🙋:

Let’s say you are planning to ship 1 carton from Thailand to the US by air.

Carton dimensions = 75 cm x 45 cm x 30cm
Carton weight (per carton) = 10kg
Dim factor* = 6000
Freight rate per kilogram = US $15

Volumetric weight = (length x width x height ) ÷ dim factor
= (75 cm x 45 cm x 30cm) / 6000
= 16.90 kg (per carton)

Chargeable weight = Volumetric weight VS actual weight/gross weight whichever is greater
= 16.90 KG > 10 KG = 16.87 KG

So, Air Freight Cost = rate per kilogram * chargeable weight
Air freight cost = US $15 * 16.90 kg = US$ 253.50

*Dim Factor is a number that freight carriers come up with to balance shipment volume against shipment weight. Commonly for air freight is 6000, and for UPS, DHL ect is 5000.

Why do airlines use Chargeable Weight?

Larger goods with a light overall weight can take up more space on an aircraft than a small, heavy item.

Therefore, with chargeable weight, carriers take into account both the size and the weight, and use the larger value to calculate the final rate.

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