What is shipment weight?

The shipment's total weight in kilograms, including the packaging material and contents, is the shipment weight.

Why is it important?

It is essential to calculate the weight of your shipment because:

  • You are being billed based on this measurement.

  • In addition, it will help to reconcile the shipment weight with your courier partner.

Calculating chargeable shipment weight

In ecommerce fulfilment, there are two ways to measure weight — volumetric weight and deadweight, where the higher of these two would be considered the 'chargeable' weight.

What is volumetric weight?

Volumetric weight, also known as dimensional weight, is an estimate of the weight of the package calculated based on its dimensions.

How to calculate volumetric weight for a single item shipment?

Finding volumetric weight begins with finding out the volume of the package.

Step 1: Calculate the volume.

Measure the length, width, and height of the sealed package in centimetres (up to 2 decimal places)

Note: Each measurement needs to be from the most extreme point on a package, so it's the widest part, its tallest part, and its longest part.

Once you have taken these measurements, multiply them to obtain the volume.

Volume = length x width x height (in cm)

Step 2: Apply the modifier.

Courier partners have different standardised modifiers incorporated by the organisation. These modifiers generally depend on the type of shipment. Therefore, you need to divide the shipment weight with this modifier (typically a whole number) to obtain the dimensional weight.

For instance, for all domestic shipments, dimensional weight is determined by dividing volume by 5,000 (in centimetres).

Dimensional weight (UPS) = (length x width x height) / 5000

What is the dead weight for a single-item shipment?

The dead weight is the weight of the item packed in the shipment in kilograms

How to calculate volumetric weight for multiple items shipment?

Finding volumetric weight begins with finding out the volume of the package.

Step 1: Calculate the volume.

This is calculated by examining the weights and dimensions of all ordered items packed. Let’s take an example of a shipment with 4 order items-

Order Items

Weight

Length

Width

Height

Order Item 1

200 g

10 cm

10 cm

10 cm

Order Item 2

300 g

13 cm

13 cm

13 cm

Order Item 3

500 g

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

Order Item 4

800 g

20 cm

20 cm

20cm

Length of the shipment = Max. of all order items’ length = 20 cm

Width of the shipment = Max. of all order items’ width = 20 cm

Height of the shipment = Sum of all order items’ height = 58 cm

Once you have calculated these measurements, multiply them to obtain the volume.

Volume = length x width x height (in cm)

Step 2: Apply the modifier.

Courier partners have different standardised modifiers incorporated by the organisation. These modifiers generally depend on the type of shipment. Therefore, you need to divide the shipment weight with this modifier (typically a whole number) to obtain the dimensional weight.

For instance, for all domestic shipments, dimensional weight is determined by dividing volume by 5,000 (in centimetres).

Dimensional weight (UPS) = (length x width x height) / 5000

What is the dead weight for multiple items shipment?

The dead weight is the cumulative weight of all items packed in the shipment in kilograms.

Dead Weight = Sum of all order items’ weight = 1.8 kg

Note: The shipping weight considered by Eshopbox would be the volumetric weight or the deadweight of the shipment, whichever is higher. You would be charged based on this weight.

How to see your shipment weight in Eshopbox?

You can track the weight of your shipments on the Eshopbox workspace by following the below steps:

  • From the sidebar of the Eshopbox workspace, navigate to 'Orders.'

  • Select the order you wish to check the shipment weight and click on 'Tracking'. The shipment weight would be available once orders are 'Ready to ship' in Eshopbox.

Note: A 5-10% variance will be added to the shipping weight comprising the packaging materials used.

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