Why and How to measure dimensions of the package

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It is important that you understand how and why to calculate dimensions of the package. All courier companies calculate an allowable (dimensional) weight for the size of the package that you are shipping. If your dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight, you will be charged based on dimensional weight. Knowing the correct dimensions may have impact in proper packaging to minimise shipping costs.

Calculate Volumetric dimensions

The volumetric weight is a calculation that reflects the density of the package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. Volumetric weight is calculated by multiplying the length x Height x Width of a package and dividing the result by volumetric factor.

• Measure the length, width and height of the package in centimetres.
• Calculate the volume and divide it by 5,000 to get the dimensional weight in kilograms.
• If dimensional weight is higher than the package actual weight, then use the dimensional weight to calculate the rate.
Note- Dimensional weight calculations using identical measurements can vary with different carriers. Check with each carrier for calculation method.

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