Why You Need to Know About Dimensional Weight

Posted by Tania

The weight of your shipments is one of the biggest cost-affecting factors. Many shippers do not take the dimensional weight into consideration and this can lead to a weight correction cost charged by the couriers. To avoid this, it is important to understand what dimensional weight is and why it is used.

Whether a shipment is being sent by ground or air, transport companies have a limited space to maximize. The transportation cost is calculated using the possible weight and volume that the vehicle can carry. Transporting 1000 pounds of nails isn’t the same as transporting 1000 empty suitcases. This is why transport companies decided years ago to measure not only real weight but a shipment’s dimensional weight. This was done while following the footsteps of airline companies whose cargo space and weight are their critical factors.

You can always use the couriers’ formulas to calculate the dimensional weight of your package. However, as a FlagShip client, you won’t need to as we make it simple for you – enter the dimensions with the weight and our shipping system calculates your exact shipping rate for you. No surprises!

If you have any questions regarding dimensional weight, do not hesitate to contact our customer service team at 1-866-320-8383 or e-mail us at support@flagshipcompany.com.