You recently ordered an incredibly luxurious feather duvet for your bed and had it transported across the pond to your home. Feathers will surely be shipped for next to nothing, right? Shipping a little box that weighs 5 lbs, can occasionally be less expensive than shipping a large rectangular box that weighs 2 lbs. This is due to how delivery services determine DIM weight, often known as real weight versus dimensional weight.
You will be charged the greater of the DIM weight or the actual scale weight of the item when shipping something to you through FedEx, USPS, DHL, UPS, or any other carrier that uses a mode of transportation. Imagine that your package is renting space on their aircraft, and that your rent will be more if your enormous rectangular box occupies far more space than that small, heavy box next to it. It seems as though your package just purchased the penthouse on that aircraft.
Dimensional weight is based on the size of the package: Length x Width x Height, divided by the carrier’s DIM Factor = Dimensional Weight
It can be challenging to understand for individuals who do not work in the shipping industry on a daily basis. Hopefully, this has clarified things for you, and you may consider yourself an authority on DIM weight at this point. You will quickly catch up with our Smart Shipping professionals whether you wish to send south to Australia or north to Canada. The better you comprehend the formula used to determine your international shipping costs, the more effectively you can handle your shipments.