In the logistics and cargo industry, the shipments are charged based on the actual weight or the volumetric weight (also called as dimensional weight). The customer is charged by transporter based on the weight, whichever is higher. The actual weight of the box can be easily measured by common electronic weighing machines, but there are very few machines that accurately calculate the volumetric weight of a parcel.
What is Volumetric Weight of a parcel?
Volumetric or dimensional weight is the weight of the parcel which is calculated from its volume or dimensions. It is the space occupied by the box in terms of its density. For shipments, whose weight is less but is large in size, the dimensional weight is considered for costing. It is calculated to know to the space the shipment occupies on the pallet or the vehicle.