- Posted by Go Action Courier
- On July 14, 2009
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What is Dimensional Weight or DIM Weight compared to Actual Weight?
Dimensional Weight, used in shipping and freight, is a billing calculation method that takes into account the volume of a package. When shipping costs are calculated using the actual weight of the container and contents, this can be unprofitable when the container is large and lightweight, because of the amount of space it takes in the vehicle. The concept of dimensional weight, or DIM weight, has been universally adopted by freight carriers as a means of establishing a minimum charge for the space the package occupies. Freight carriers use the greater of the actual weight or dimensional weight to determine the cost.
For example, the DIM weight for a domestic shipment is: (Length x Width x Height)/194 using inches. The DIM weight for international shipments in inches is (L x W x H)/166.
At Action Courier Service we always use actual weight and not DIM weight for two reasons: Our deliveries are in a vehicle dedicated to your shipment, so the amount of space taken by the container doesn’t matter. Second, we want to provide the best value for your same day delivery by not overcharging for weight, especially for relatively short distances.
This means you can ship large volume items such as empty crates (which we will gladly carry again when full), rolls of plastic tubing, refrigeration equipment, and medical equipment and we will charge by the pound for the actual weight and not the DIM weight which is usually more.