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What is volumetric weight and how does this apply to shipping costs?

Volumetric weight is a formula that is used to determine the size of the package as opposed to its physical weight. Couriers will often charge based on “billable” weight which is either the actual weight of the package or by how much space the package will occupy within an aircraft (volumetric weight).

The higher weight value is used for determining the billable weight.

A simple formula can be used to help determine a parcels volumetric weight by multiplying it’s length x width x height and dividing by 5000. you can read more on volumetric weight here.