large items with a light overall weight can be charged according to
the space they take up on aircraft. In
these cases, Volumetric Weight, or dimensional (Dim) weight,
is used to calculate the shipment cost. It is recommended that you
calculate the Volumetric Weight for every shipment that you send,
then compare this to its actual weight. The greater weight of the
two is used to work out the price that the
freight company will charge you.
International Volumetric Weights are
calculated using the formula below:
(Length x Width x Height in
centimeters) / 6000 = Volumetric Weight in kilograms
The following definition is from
also known as Dimensional weight is used to used by
postal companies and other freight industries and courier
services around the world to invoice for the actual space
that a parcel, package or pallet takes up in a vehicle or
storage area. A vehicle can quickly become full of bulky,
lightweight articles long before it reaches it's capacity in
weight which makes for inefficient use of space.
The basic procedure for calculating
volumetric weight is:
- find the smallest cuboid box
that your consignment will fit in.
- find the volume of this
notional box in cubic centimetres.
- divide this by 6000: the answer
is your volumetric weight in kilograms.
The result of this calculation is
that if your consignment's density is one-sixth that of
water or more, then its volumetric weight is less than the
normal weight in kilograms, whereas if its density is less
than one-sixth that of water, then its volumetric weight is
more than its weight in kilograms. Transport and postal
companies will charge based on the greater of these two
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