What is Chargeable Weight?
Chargeable weight is a critical concept in the freight and shipping industry, representing the weight used by a carrier to determine the shipping cost. It is often calculated based on the greater of the actual physical weight of the shipment or its volumetric weight. This measurement ensures that carriers are compensated fairly for their services, especially when transporting lighter but bulkier items.
How is Volumetric Weight Calculated?
Volumetric weight, also known as dimensional weight, is calculated using an equation that factors in the length, width, and height of a package. The formula typically multiplies these dimensions and then divides the result by a standard “dimensional factor” or “volumetric divisor,” which varies depending on the unit of measurement and the carrier’s policy. This calculation reflects the space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight.
How Can I Better Estimate My Shipment’s Chargeable Weight?
Estimating the chargeable weight of your shipment accurately can help in better planning and cost estimation. To do this effectively:
- Measure the dimensions of your package accurately (length, width, and height).
- Calculate the volumetric weight using the carrier’s dimensional factor.
- Compare this with the actual physical weight of the shipment.
- The higher of the two weights will be your chargeable weight.
Understanding these metrics can help you optimize packaging and potentially reduce shipping costs.