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How to calculate chargeable weight?

What is Chargeable Weight?

Chargeable weight, also known as billable weight, is the weight used by couriers to determine shipping costs. It may differ from the actual weight of the package and is calculated based on weight and volume. This ensures that couriers are fairly compensated for the space a package occupies during transportation.

How to calculate Chargeable Weight?

The chargeable weight is typically calculated using the greater of the actual weight and volumetric weight. To find the volumetric weight, using the formula:

(Length x Width x Height) divide by 5000.

To experience a faster and more accurate result, you can try calculating using our Volumetric Calculator

The volumetric calculator is a constant determined by the courier, representing the space one unit of weight occupies in cubic centimeters or inches. 

For example: Parcel A contains books. The actual weight of Parcel A equals to 5kg. While its volume is (40 x 30 x 10) / 5000 = 2.4kg

Thus, the chargeable weight for Parcel A is its actual weight which is 5kg.

Chargeable Weight vs Actual Weight

While actual weight is the measured weight of a parcel, chargeable weight considers both weight and volume. In many cases, large but lightweight packages may have a higher chargeable weight due to the space they occupy during transportation. For example, a parcel containing cotton vs a parcel containing steel will have different weights and volumes. While cotton weighs less than steel, it has a higher volume weight compared to steel, which weighs more but has a lower volume weight. Thus, for these examples, the chargeable weight for the parcel containing cotton is its volume weight, while the chargeable weight for the parcel containing steel is its actual weight.

By grasping these calculation methods, senders can be aware of this distinction and avoid surprises in shipping costs.

Optimizing Chargeable Weight

To optimize for chargeable weight, consider efficient packaging. Minimize unnecessary voids in packaging and choose packaging materials wisely. You can learn our packaging guide to help you pack your parcel the best way. Additionally, you should also stay informed about the volumetric factor used by your courier. Being mindful of these factors can help businesses streamline shipping processes and manage costs effectively and help their bottom line.

Read Next: Learn how to download and print your shipping documents.

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