Knowing Your Dimensional Weights

One of our suppliers has put together a great explanation of Dimensional Weight and we want to share it with you.

As many of you have already discovered, UPS and Fed Ex recently changed how they bill out freight. They are now shipping by dimensional weight. This may or may not affect how you are used to handling freight quotes. In most cases, this means that freight may be a little pricier for you. To figure freight estimates, you need to take the length, height and width of a box and multiply it altogether and then divide it by 166. That is your dimensional weight and how freight is now billed out. EXCEPTION: If the actual weight of the box is higher than the dimensional weight, then the freight is billed using that weight. The higher number wins, of course!

Let’s look at two examples of our supplier Tranter’s products.

1,000 lids for the 8 oz. foam cup ships in a box 17 x 7 x 12 and physically weighs 4 lbs. Prior to January 2015, you were charged for a 4 lb. box. Now your are charged more than double the weight going by dimensional weight 17 x 7 x 12 = 1428 / 166 = 8.60 rounded up to 9 lbs.

Here’s another example with the actual weight larger than dimensional weight. 2500 of the Lasting Impression Beverage Napkins ship in a box 21 x 16 x 10. This equals a dimensional weight of 21 lbs. The actual weight of this box is 30 lbs. This will ship at 30 lbs. instead of 21 lbs. Remember, the higher number wins.

What can we do to make this easier for you? Well we can’t change the pricing, but when we give you a quote, it will always include a shipping quote so there are no surprises. #WOOF!

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