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Dimensional Weight

What is Dimensional Weight?

A "weight equivalent" for your goods calculated using the actual weight and the volume of your shipment. The method used to calculate volumetric weight varies by mode of transportation or trade lane.


Carriers use dimensional weight as a means to help manage the balance between size and weight that is necessary to consider when filling shipping containers.


The cost of a shipment is determined based on the actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater.


Also called DIM weight.


Related Terms

DIM Weight Chargeable Weight


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