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October 24, 2017

Understanding and Calculating Volumetric Weight

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Are you struggling to understand volumetric weight? Finding it hard to work out the parcel delivery price? Fortunately, Fox’s Pacier Sprints can help you. As the best couriers Glasgow has on offer, you can be sure that we can help you understand volumetric weight with these easy tips!

What is Volumetric Weight?

To put it simply, volumetric weight calculates the dimensional space of an object, or in this case, a parcel. The volumetric weight of a parcel is a calculation which finds the density of a package. A less dense parcel typically takes up a larger volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. This calculation is particularly important when sending parcels internationally to the likes of America and Australia where the goods will travel by plane. Volumetric weight is often important in these situations to know how much space of the plane will be used by the parcel. Knowing the volumetric weight can help to calculate the parcel delivery price.

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Pick the Right Box

First of all, when it comes to volumetric weight, you should try and use the smallest box possible for your parcel. When you choose a larger box, you are not only wasting space, but you also risk having to pay for air – particularly if you are using an unreasonably large box. With this in mind, you should pack your items tightly when possible. Again, this is particularly important when sending goods which will be transported by plane as this form of transportation is often charged based on the amount of space the parcel will take up on the plane. This is important for calculating the parcel delivery price. Check out our last blog article for more packaging tips.

Calculating Volumetric Weight

Calculating the volumetric weight of your parcel may sound like advanced maths, but it is relatively simple! All you need to do is find the width, height and length of your parcel, multiply them together then divide the number by 5000, this gives you the volumetric weight of your parcel. For example, if the width of a parcel is 60cm, the height is 40cm and the length is 50cm, then the calculation would be, 60 x 40 x 50 = 120,000. You then divide 120,000 by 5000 which gives you the volumetric weight of 24kg.

Parcel Delivery Price

Volumetric weight can help to provide more effective quotes, giving you the best parcel delivery price. At Fox’s Pacier Sprints, we strive to provide exceptional courier services, delivering your parcels all around the world. Simply get in touch today to find out what we can do for you.

Jamie Fox has been working in the courier's industry for many years and passes the knowledge he has learned throughout the years onto his reliable staff to promote his business. Jamie has a great attitude towards the company that he has built and looks to improve each year.