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. Quite simply, if your item is light in weight but large in size, and therefore takes up a lot of room, the cost charged will reflect this.
You can work out the volumetric weight of your parcel using our Volumetric Weight Calculator below. Simply select a courier, enter the dimensions of your parcel and it will calculate the volumetric weight for you!
Working out the volumetric weight of your parcel is really quick and easy using our Volumetric Weight Calculator, but to give you an idea of how volumetric weight is calculated, this simple calculation can be used as a guide:
height x length x width in cm divided by 5000
The division figures are different for different couriers, so DHL volumetric weight could be calculated differently to Parcelforce volumetric weight, but in general, it's somewhere between 4000 and 6000.
When using our courier quote tool to calculate postage, it is important to declare accurate weights and measurements when you book a courier with Parcel Monkey and it is normal for the courier to check these on collection. Additional charges may be applied to parcels which have been under-declared, therefore we always advise that you weigh and measure your item after it has been packaged and made ready to ship. This will ensure you receive an accurate quote.
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