What is Volumetric Weight?
The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. The volumetric or dimensional weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight for each piece in the shipment to ascertain which is greater; the higher weight is used to calculate the total shipment cost. The cost of a shipment can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on an aircraft, rather than the actual weight. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.
How to Calculate Volumetric Weight ?
Volume weight (sometimes referred to as dimensional weight) is calculated using a volumetric weight formula.Different courier companies use different metrics, but to establish the volumetric weight of your package, you just need to measure the length, height and width of your parcel.
1. Multiply the parcel’s three dimensions (length x height x width)
2. If you are using centimetres then divide the result by 5000 (or 4000 for EU economy services).
3. The resulting figure represents the volumetric weight of your parcel
The courier will compare the volumetric weight to the actual physical weight of a parcel and charge whichever is the greater of the two.
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