What is this?
Dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the
amount of space a package occupies in relation to its
Earlier in 2014, UPS and FedEx announced new
Dimensional Weight Pricing that would take effect on
December 29, 2014 for ALL packages shipped. Prior to
December 29th UPS and FedEx would use dimensional
weight pricing on packages less than 3 cubic feet.
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Ever get a package with a lot of filler and air pillows in the
box only to dig through to find you t-shirt that you ordered?
Well that is because the shipper used a much bigger box
than was actually necessary. This caused too much space
to be taken up on the back of the UPS/FedEx Truck. Since
that space is limited by volume and not weight the carrier
has come up with a way to bill for that extra space.
DIMENSIONAL WEIGHT PRICING!
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How do I figure this out?
Calculating Dimensional Weight is Easy:
Length x Width x Height
This will give you the dimensional weight of your
package. Now, take the actual weight and
compare it to the dimensional weight. The greater
of the 2 numbers is what UPS/FedEx will use for
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1. Evaluate your packaging. Make sure that you
are using the appropriate size boxes for your
2. Look at other options outside of corrugated
boxes. Examples would be bubble mailers or
3. Talk with your UPS/FedEx Representative to
make sure you understand the impact on your
business. Utilize any tools or options they can
offer to limit the impact.
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By: Mike DeFabis
Business Development Manager