Calculating Volumetric Weight

Calculating Volumetric Weight

Volumetric weight, sometimes called “dim” or dimensional weight, is used when the space a shipment takes on an aircraft may cost more than the shipment’s actual weight.

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How to calculate volumetric weight

You should calculate dimensional weight on every shipment, and compare that to its actual weight, and use the greater of the two to determine your shipping cost. Volumetric weight for international shipments is calculated using the formulae below.

Height x Length x Width in cm divided by 5000

When using our quote tool to calculate postage, it is important to declare accurate weights and measurements when you book a courier with Shipping One and it is normal for the courier to check these on collection.

Additional charges may be applied to parcels which have been under-declared, therefore we always advise that you weigh and measure your item after it has been packaged and made ready to ship. This will ensure you receive an accurate quote.