Volumetric weight is used in the courier and logistics industry to calculate how much space an item is going to take up in the courier's network and how much weight that would physically represent. Quite simply, if your item is light in weight but large in size and therefore takes up a load of room in the courier's van's and aircraft when being moved about, the cost charged will reflect this.
The calculation for working out volumetric weight is-
height x length x width in CM divided by for example 5000.
Using the above as a guide, if your item was 60x20x30cm and weighed 5kg then it's volumetric weight would be 7.2kg and this is what your quote would represent. The division figures are different across various different couriers but in general somewhere between 4000 and 6000 is used.
The courier will compare the volumetric weight to the actual physical weight of a parcel and charge whichever is the greater of the two. This is known as the invoiced/chargeable weight.
To take the stress out of this for our customers, we have incorporated all of these factors into our easy and simple to use quote engine.
When you book with Parcel Monkey, as long as you provide the accurate dimensions of your parcel into our quote engine, along with the correct parcel weight and delivery destinations, you can be sure of an accurate quote. This makes life so much easier for you when it comes to booking with us.
When you perform a quote, this will be calculated for you.
Parcel Monkey will get charged on the volumetric weight of your item so it's very important to be sure that your measurements and weights are accurate when you book. Otherwise, this can cause an issue later down the line and you may be additionally charged based on the findings of the courier themselves. Therefore package your parcel well and then once it is all prepped and ready to ship, weigh and measure it correctly in order to then get the correct price.
Parcelforce have this handy guide to review should you have any more questions about volumetric weight. DHL offers a calculator should you be using their services for an overseas shipment, but our quote engine will be working out the correct information for each carrier when you get a price with us.
We recently came across a handy app for your smartphone via ProductHunt called AirMeasure, which allows you to measure a box without needing a tape measure. It is a virtual tape measure allowing you to measure a box at any time in any place, perfect for that odd occasion when you need to know the parcel dimensions.