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Reason Behind Charging Volume Weight in Express Courier Industry

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Volumetric Weight Charged by Courier Companies The cost of any shipment sent through any courier company can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on an aircraft, truck rather than the actual weight. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.

Significance: Shipping costs have historically been calculated on the basis of gross weight in kilograms or pounds. By charging only by weight, lightweight, low density packages become unprofitable for freight carriers due to the amount of space they take up in the truck/aircraft/ship in proportion to their actual weight. The concept of dimensional weight has been adopted by the transportation industry worldwide as a uniform means of establishing a minimum charge for the cubic space a package occupies.

What is Volumetric Weight? The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. The volumetric or d…