In certain circumstances, volumetric weight as opposed to actual weight will come into play. When volumetric weight is higher/heavier than the actual weight, then the chargeable weight that will be applied to your airfreight quote will be volumetric weight.
So what is volumetric 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 or dimensional weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to ascertain which is greater; the higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost.
Why is this applied?
The simple way to explain this is the ton of feathers versus the ton of coal. You may expect that all Air Freight is based on weight, and while that is true for the majority of scenarios we must expect that a ton of feathers will take up a lot more room in a plane, than a ton of coal would. In this instance you would then expect to pay more to airfreight a ton of feathers.
How do we know which weight will be applied?
The actual weight is easy to calculate
- Carton weight * No. of Cartons or
- Product weight * No. of Products
Volumetric Weight is calculated by using the dimensions of the total order
- Length(cm) * Width(cm) * Height(cm) / Conversion Factor (normally 5000)
- If you have uniform cartons,then calculate for one and multiply by the No. of Cartons.
Which ever one is heavier will be used by your air freighter/courier