Fast and reliable shipping can take a business to the next level. As the final stage of a transaction, your business reputation depends on shipping service.
That being said, shipping items to customers come with a heavy price tag. Recently, shipping carriers, including UPS and FedEx changed their dimensional weight rules for the next year. Dimensional weight pricing affects shipping rates.
It’s therefore important for companies to understand dimensional weight pricing in detail.
In simple terms, dimensional weight refers to the volume or density of a shipping package. It is the amount of space a shipping package occupies on transportation mode.
Keep in mind, dimensional weight is not the package’s actual weight. So, if you send a large amount of lightweight items, you will have to bear high shipping costs.
Whether you’re using a domestic or international shipping service, dimensional weight applies to both cases.
Dimensional weight is calculated by multiplying a package’s length, width and height. It entails calculating the cubic size of a package.
After you have worked out a package’s dimensional weight, you will compare it to its actual weight.
In some cases, the larger of the two (dimensional weight and actual weight) can be used to evaluate the billable weight of the package. Billable weight is used to calculate the shipping rate.
Furthermore, most shipping companies stick to the nearest whole number for calculating dimensional weight.
In order to save money on shipping, you must:
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