Volumetric weight, sometimes called "dim" or dimensional weight, is used when the space a shipment takes on an aircraft may cost more than the shipment's actual weight.
You should calculate dimensional weight on every shipment, compare that to its actual weight, and use the greater of the two to determine your shipping cost. Volumetric weight for international shipments is calculated using the formulae below. Volumetric weights for domestic shipments may vary, so please contact Customer Service department.
Length x Width x Height in centimeters (cm) / 5,000 = Volumetric Weight in kilograms rounded up to the nearest 0.5kg
Length x Width x Height in inches / 138.4 = Volumetric Weight in pounds rounded up to the nearest pound.
You can use DHL Quick Calculator to calculate volumetric/Dimensional weight yourself.
The Parcel rate of postage caters for items up to the following size dimensions and is subject to a physical & dimensional weight limit of 20kg.
Length: 1.5 metres
Length: + Girth 3 metres
To calculate the Girth: 2 x (Depth + Width)
The maximum weight limit per item is 20kg.
Sometimes, large items with a light overall weight - such as a box of pillows - can be charged according to their Dimensional Weight. This reflects the additional cost of transporting light but sizeable items. It is recommended that you calculate the Dimensional Weight for every shipment that you send, then compare this to its actual weight. The greater weight of the two is used to work out the price that we charge you.
To calculate the Dimensional Weight*:
(L x W x D) / 6,000
L = Length in centimetres
W = Width in centimetres
D = Depth in centimetres
A 10kg item, which is 62cm long, 49cm in width and 39cm in depth will have a Dimensional Weight of:
(62x49x39)/6000 = 19.75 which is rounded up to 20 giving you a Dimensional weight of 20kg.
*Please note that to calculate the International Courier Dimensional Weight the following calculation should be used: (LxWxD)
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