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Learn About Volumetric Weight

The cost of a shipment can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on an aircraft, rather than the actual weight. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.

The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. 

The volumetric weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to determine which is greater; the higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost. The volumetric divisor is 139 for inches/pounds or 5,000 for centimeters/kilograms.

Benefit to You:

In line with today's advanced aircraft design and technology, it is necessary for DHL Express to compute cargo space to make efficient use and avoid over-bulking. By doing so, we can better streamline our operations and deliver the benefits of space saving back to our customers.

Use our online tool to get your shipment’s volumetric weight.

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