The expense of shipping can be influenced by the space consumed on an aircraft rather than just the physical weight. This is known as volumetric (or dimensional) weight. Use the tool below to compute the volumetric weight of your shipment.
Determine the volumetric weight of your shipment
Volumetric weight is a calculation that mirrors the density of a shipment. A less dense shipment typically occupies more space compared to its actual weight. The volumetric or dimensional weight is computed and then compared with the actual weight of a shipment to determine which one is higher; the greater weight is utilized to calculate the shipping cost.
Volumetric weight, also known as dimensional weight, is a method used by shipping companies to account for the space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. It helps determine shipping costs when packages are lightweight but occupy a large volume.
Volumetric weight is calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height of a package in centimeters and then dividing the result by a volumetric divisor agreed upon by the shipping company. The formula is (Length x Width x Height) / Volumetric Divisor.
Shipping charges are typically based on whichever is greater between the volumetric weight and the actual weight of the package. This ensures fair pricing, especially for lightweight packages that occupy significant space.
To use our volumetric weight calculator, simply input the dimensions (length, width, and height) of your package and its actual weight in your chosen measurement unit, then click Calculate. You may add additional packages using the Add Shipment button, and then export the results if needed.
Some items, such as documents or very lightweight parcels, may be exempt from volumetric weight calculations. However, specific exemptions may vary depending on the shipping company and the nature of the shipment.
To minimize volumetric weight charges, consider using packaging materials that are as compact and lightweight as possible without compromising the integrity of the contents. Remove excess air and use appropriately sized boxes to reduce unused space.
If the actual weight and volumetric weight of a package differ significantly, shipping charges will be based on the higher of the two weights. This ensures that shipping costs accurately reflect the space taken up by the package during transit.
While using our volumetric weight calculator provides accurate estimates, you can also contact our customer service team for assistance in estimating shipping costs based on package dimensions and weight.