Demystifying Shipping: How to Calculate Package Weight for Efficient Shipping

Shipping packages, whether for personal or business reasons, requires careful attention to detail, especially when it comes to determining package weight. Accurate weight calculation not only ensures that you’re charged the correct shipping fees but also helps prevent delays and potential issues during transit. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to accurately calculate package weight for efficient shipping.

There are two types of weight you would need to understand

  1. Actual Weight – The actual weight of the shipment once the it is in the shipping box
  2. Dimension Weight – Shipping companies typically calculate the dimension weight or also referred to Volumetric weight. The formula various between carriers and also between countries. In the USA most carriers including calculates dimensional weight by measuring
    • LENGTH * WIDTH * HEIGHT / 166

Here is an example. Let us says, the actual weight is 10 LBS, and if you have a box size 10 Length, 10 Width and 10 Height, then the volumetric weight would be

(10*10*10)/166 = 6.02 LBS.

Since the actual weight is higher than the volumetric weight, the actual weight is used.

On the other hand, let us say is 10 Length, 15 Width and 20 Height, then the volumetric weight would be

(10*15*20)/166 = 18.07 LBS.

Here the volumetric weight is higher than the actual weight, and hence the volumetric weight would be used for calculating shipping charges.

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