What is Dimensional Weight?
More commonly known as Volumetric Weight, it’s a common pricing technique used in freight transportation that determines freight rates based on the amount of space goods take up.
How is Volumetric Weight calculated?
Volumetric Weight = (length x width x height ) ÷ dimensional factor*
*Dimensional Factor is a given number. For traditional air freight, it's 5000, and for express couriers (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.), it's 6000.
A quick example:
Will airlines charge you based on Volumetric Weight?
It depends on whether the volumetric weight is greater than the gross weight.
Chargeable Weight = Volumetric Weight vs Gross (Actual) Weight, whichever is greater!
In our example:
Total Gross Weight = 10 kg * 5 carton = 50kg
Total Volumetric Weight = 84.4 kg
The Volumetric Weight is greater than the Gross Weight, which means airlines will charge you by 84.4 kg
Try not to overpack a box or use uneven box shapes, or you might get charged for oversize.
They will measure and calculate from the tallest or the longest point of the box.
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