Or why it is important to find the right packaging for each product.
Next to the actual weight which can be determined by weighing, there is also a so-called “volume weight”. This is used for calculating transport costs. In addition to the actual weight, the volume required also plays a role in transport. Shipping companies therefore charge either for the actual weight of a package or for the volume weight if this exceeds the actual weight.
The most commonly used calculation method uses the following formula:
width x length x height (in cm)
Some shipping companies divide by 5,000 (i.e. UPS, FedEx). The number 6,000 was defined by the IATA years ago on the basis of experience, as a cubic metre of freight weighs an average of 166.7 kg. Note: It therefore is good to choose the right packaging for a product to optimise transport costs.