What is Volumetric Weight? 

Volumetric Weight is how almost all airfreight carriers calculate shipping costs. If you’ve ever had a parcel delivered by airplane, chances are your shipping costs were based on volumetric weight! We understand that it’s not always an easy concept to grasp, so we’d like to break down the details for you.

Complicated Name, Simple Concept

Basically, all it means is that since an airplane can only carry a limited number of packages at a time, the cost of transporting an item can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on the aircraft.

Volumetric (sometimes also called “dimensional” or “cubic”) weight is based on the gross weight of a package and the amount of space it occupies.

If you’d like to calculate the volumetric weight of a package you can use the following formula:

How to Calculate Volumetric Weight

or you can simply plug in the dimensions of your package in our Total Cost Calculator and we’ll do all the math for you!

If you’d like to learn more about Volumetric Weight, you can also have a look at our FAQ page or check out what Wikipedia has to say.

 
 
 
 
Please Remember: that the shipping weight indicated by the merchant may be based the ground weight (the gross weight in kilograms or pounds) and not on volumetric weight. This explains why you may find a difference between the weight recorded by the merchant and the volumetric weight used by Borderlinx.

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