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What is Volumetric Weight? According to standard air freight calculations, charges are based on the Actual Weight or "Volumetric Weight", whichever is higher.

Example 1:

The actual weight of the item: 1 kg

The actual volume of goods: 25cm * 23cm * 30cm

Volumetric Weight = (25 * 23 * 30) / 6000 = 2.87 kg

As per standard regulation, the heavier one will be used.

So in Example 1, you will be charged for 3kg (Rounded up to nearest kg).

Example 2:

The actual weight of the item: 10 kg

The actual volume of goods: 25cm * 20cm * 30cm

Volumetric Weight = (25 * 20 * 30) / 6000 = 2.5 kg

As per standard regulation, the heavier one will be used.

So in Example 2, you will be charged for 10kg (Rounded up to nearest kg).

Volumetric Weight will not be reflected on the airway bill attached to your order, only Actual Weight will be written on it.

For instance, Actual Weight for your goods is 1.5KG, the airway bill would reflect 1.5KG, but since the Volumetric Weight is 4.6KG, actual charges will be for 5KG (Rounded up to nearest kg).

Do take note to prevent any misunderstandings in the future!

~ So Why is there Volumetric Weight? ~

For those who just started your journey in online shopping, you’d bound to have questions on volumetric weight. Let us address the issues here :)

How to calculate Volumetric Weight?

We take the (Length X Width X Height)/6000 to obtain the Volumetric Weight

Why is there a need to calculate Volumetric Weight?

First of all, to state the obvious, Air Shipping uses airplanes to transport goods and there is a space limitation on-board the planes. If everybody ships Cotton, BubbleWrap, Plastic Containers, thou lightweight but then would take up alot of space, losing out on potential chargeable space for other goods.

Therefore in such situations, Freight companies adopted the Volumetric Weight Calculation to balance out the 'space to chargeable' ratio.