Packaging Your Shipment

Help us deliver in the best condition.

Packaging Solutions

We offer a range of packaging materials from bubble-wrap to carton boxes and tubes.

Packaging Tips

We rely on our customers to suitably pack their shipments, so the packages can be delivered in perfect condition every time.

Learn How

If you are not confident in packaging your shipment, you can stop by our store and have one of our professional packaging experts assist you in preparing your package.

Calculating Size and Weight

Weight and size limits can vary for different destinations

Documentation

Every international shipment requires a commercial invoice for customs purposes.

Volumetric Weight

The cost of a shipment can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on an aircraft, rather than the actual weight. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) 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.

Volumetric weight can have a significant impact on large, lightweight packages, or packages that are using a box size too big relative to the size of the item inside. Using an appropriately sized box for your shipment can help decrease the volumetric weight of your shipment and in turn help lower your shipping cost.

How to Calculate the Volumetric Weight of Your Shipment

The following formula is used to calculate the volumetric weight of your shipment:

Units of Measure
CM/KG                      length*width*height/5000
Inches/Pounds          length*width*height/139

To property calculate the volumetric weight, each dimensions (length, width and height) has to be rounded to the nearest whole number using standard rounding rules. The resulting dimensional weight is then rounded to the next full pound or half kilogram.

For example, a box with dimensions of 30.4”(L) x 19.6”(W) x 19.5”(H), will be considered to be 30”(L) x 20”(W) x 20”(H) = 12,000 cubic inches, and will be divided by 139 = 86.3 lbs. for a “Dimensional Weight” of 87 lbs.

Each carrier has a volumetric factor used to calculate dimensional weight.

FedEx: Domestic= 166; International= 139

DHL: International = 139

Use our Volumetric Calculator

Please note that charges are subject to change without notice.