AIRFREIGHT WEIGHT CALCULATION

Dimensional weight – also called dim weight or volume weight – is because the space a package takes on an aircraft may cost more than the physical weight of the package. For every shipment dimensional weight is compared to the physical weight – and the greater of the two is used to determine the shipment cost. I.A.T.A (International Air Transport Association) standard dimensional weight is based on 6’000 cubic centimetres per one physical kilogram and calculated as follow:

Length (cm) x width (cm) x height (cm) / 6’000 = Volume Kilos.

International transportation rates are predominated expressed in metric measure. For countries in which English standard measure is more commonly used – the same dimension weight formula is used – but with different factors or divisors. Using inches – the same volumes weight can be expressed as either volume pounds by using a divisor or 166 or as volume kilos using a divisor of 366.

9 pallets – each 150 kgs and 122 cm x 101.5 cm x 127 cm

(English standard measure – each 330.7 lbs and 48 in x 40 in x 50 in)

9 pallets x 122 cm x 101.5 cm x 127 cm / 6’000 = 2’359 Volume Kilos

When 9 pallets X 150 Kgs = 1’650 Physical Kilos

Or

9 pallets x 48 in x 40 in x 50 in / 366= 2’359 Volume Kilos

When 9 pallets X 150 Kgs = 1’350 Physical Kilos

Or

9 pallets x 48 in x 40 in x 50 in /166 = 5‘205 Volume Pounds

When 9 pallets X 150 Kgs = 1’350 Physical Kilos

The chargeable weight o fthe 9 pallets is expressed as either 2’359 chargeable Kilos or 5’205 chargeable pounds. To verify the accuracy of the calculations – 2’359 Volume Kilos x 2.2046 = 5’205 Volume Pounds.

Typically – large airfreight cargos are expressed as tons referring to the higher of either physical metric tons or volume metric tons. One metric ton = 1’000 Kilograms – therefore the example cargo would be referred to as just under 2 ½ tons.