How to Calculate Charging Volume Weight in Express Courier Industry

Volumetric Weight Charged by Courier Companies

 courier shipment sent through any courier company can be affected by the amount of space that it occupied on an aircraft, truck or through any means of transport other than the actual weight of the product. This is also the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.


Shipping cost of any parcel was historically calculated on the basis of gross weight in kilograms or on the basis of pounds. By charging only by weight, lightweight, low-density packages become unprofitable for courier companies which lead to a loss in shipping of the products due to the amount of space they take up in the truck or aircraft or ship into the proper proportion to their actual weight.the transportation industry worldwide as at regular means of establishing a minimum charge for space a package occupies. it helps in easily calculating all the products 

What is Volumetric Weight?

The weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less amount of item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. All the weight is been calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to compare which parcel or product is greater and whichever product is in the higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost by this method it helps the shipper to earn more amount of profit through a single product.

How this Calculation can Benefits You

In today’s advanced aircraft design and technology, it is necessary for any courier company to adopt a new computation in order to make efficient use of cargo space and to avoid over-bulking. By using this kind of method, they can easily streamline their operations and in the process of their delivery, the person who delivers will can some about of benefits of space saving back to customers.

This will boost the confidence of each and every shipper to improve their packaging efficiency by using more relevant and environmental-friendly packaging method which can thus help in reducing shipment volume and resulting in reduced shipping costs.

Mostly all courier companies have started the calculation of  volumetric calculation for shipments  in respect the efforts to standardize their volumetric weight calculation for low-density packages of each and every parcel



How to Calculate the Volumetric Weight of Your Express Shipments

The volumetric divisor can be variable as per each courier company’s policy, divisor can be  5000 or 6000 or 2700 depending on the type of mode or movement of the shipment so when we calculate the weight of the product it is calculated through Volumetric Weight.

Practical Application

Dimensional weight is been calculated through the shippers through the dense objects of the object and penalizes those courier companies who ship lightweight boxes for shipping of the products. A box of unpopped corn will likely be charged by gross weight of the product and the box of popcorn will probably be charged by its dimensional weight of the product. This kind of charge is taken because the large box of popcorn takes up a lot of space but does not fill up a vehicle’s capacity in terms of weight which lead to higher courier cost of the product, making it an inefficient use of space it has been charged through dimensional weight and size also.

 All the Shippers avoid charging an extra price for shippers for smaller boxes for packing of the product, by compressing their goods, and by reducing the use of packing materials.

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