June 3rd, 2015 1:51pm
When shipping a domestic or international package, you are not alone when you are shocked that only a 2 pound package costs $48 to ship, or a 3 kilogram box costs $82 to import from China. Nine times out of ten, this is due to the way the carriers measure dimensional weight and how they figure it into their pricing.
Carriers make sure they are not wasting space on their plane, train, truck, vessel, etc., the shipping company is going to charge you based on whichever is the greatest between the actual weight of the package and the dimensional weight of the package. It is very simple.
The shipping companies run out of volume space a lot more than they run out of weight capacity on a vessel. If a package is large but does not weigh very much, the dimensional weight is going to be larger than the actual weight and they are going to charge the customer a higher amount for using more space on their vessel. This is how it is figured:
You want to ship a box that is 10x10x10 inches from the United States to Canada. The box weighs 5 pounds. Since this is an international shipment, the shipping company is going to use this dimensional weight formula for your box:
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