- Easyship allows users to show chargeable weight and calculation methods through the Easyship dashboard
- To calculate the dimensional weight, couriers multiply the length, width, and height of your package, then divide this number by a cubic divisor of their choice
- The chargeable weight and calculation method is saved and visible in Shipment Details via the Easyship Dashboard, so users can refer to this information for previous shipments
Did you know that the way you package your items can impact your shipping costs? This is because couriers can implement different standards when determining the billable weight of their shipments.
To see how packaging can affect your shipping cost, first, it’s best to understand how couriers establish their rates. Then, we’ll demonstrate how you can use shipping software like Easyship to find the best value solution for your shipment.
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Deadweight vs. Dimensional Weight: What's the Difference?
Deadweight is the actual weight of your shipment. When couriers choose to charge your shipment based on dead weight, they do not take into account the physical size of your shipment. Postal couriers such as the United States Postal Service, Hong Kong Post, and SingPost normally offer services whose rates are based on dead weight.
However, it’s common for couriers like FedEx, UPS, and DHL to implement a pricing structure based on the amount of space your shipment takes up on a truck or aircraft. This is known as dimensional (or volumetric) weight.
To calculate this, couriers multiply the length, width, and height of your package, then divide this number by a cubic divisor of their choice. They will then compare this number to the actual weight of your shipment and will charge the higher of the two.
Why Do Couriers Charge by Dimensional Weight?
Imagine shipping a package full of ball pit balls if you need a visual. The weight of the package itself is pretty light. However, because of how much space it can take up, a delivery truck full of such packages could be quickly filled to capacity with very little actual weight.
Couriers are always looking to maximize the number of packages on a vehicle while maintaining profitability, so they take this into account and use a pricing structure that will charge accordingly.
Display Chargeable Weight: Is It Right for You?
Does the following apply to your business?
- You normally ship with express couriers
- You're unaware of volumetric weight
- You assume the actual weight is the only relevant information in shipping costs
If so, Easyship allows users to show chargeable weight and calculation methods through the Easyship dashboard.
The chargeable weight and calculation method is saved and visible in Shipment Details, so users can refer to this information for previous shipments.
This solution is helpful for Easyship users, as it provides an extra level of transparency to shipping costs, and there are no surprises when it comes to shipping rates.
Easyship offers three calculation methods, including:
- Actual weight
- USPS Cubic (only for some USPS Priority Mail services)
In addition, the calculation method is based on the following:
- Does the courier use volumetric weight to calculate shipping?
- If the calculation method doesn't use volumetric weight, then the calculation method is "actual weight"
*To learn more, check out this support article.
Latest Pricing Changes for USPS Dimensional Weight
Back in 2019, USPS joined other major couriers and added dimensional weight pricing to their rates. Now, it doesn't matter which zone you are shipping to. If your package is over one cubic foot and you’ll be using Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express, it will be subject to dimensional weight for zones one through nine.
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