# Volume weight in international express: Bulk cargo

It is really common that ship internationally, especially in this E-economic age. But you may feel confused that sometimes the shipping fee is higher than expected, and clearly that the actual weight of the package just is 3kg, but the Express company calculates by 5kg. In fact, the express company doesn’t overcharge your shipping fee, they only calculates the fee by package’s Volume weight. Actually weight is easy to understand, it is physical weight of the package. But what is the volume weight? Why volume has weight? Let’s check it out.

What is volume weight?

Volume weight as the name implies is to calculate the weight of the package based on its  volume. While the volume weight is bigger than the actual weight, we call it bulk cargo. Common bulk cargos include cotton, chair, large toy, etc. These kinds of goods haven’t so much weight but take places.

Why it need to calculate volume weight in international express?

Because hold capacity of airplane is limited, in order to balance the relationship between cargo weight and cargo volume, airlines follow the pricing principle that select the bigger one to calculate Freight Fee. If the cargo net weight is small but with a big volume, such as cotton, weaving handicraft, it need to calculate its volume weight so that to calculate the freight fee. Actually, each international parcel need to be calculated its volume weight when it arrive transit center.

Volume weight calculation formula of major international express companies

When international express companies calculate the cargo volume, they measure from the most bulgiest place. Normally they put the case let its one side against the wall, then use a triangle ruler vertically stuck the opposite side, finally use a ruler to measure the distance between wall and triangle ruler. The result is a little bit difference form that use ruler to measure directly on cargo.

Volume weight calculation formula of DHL, UPS, FEDEX, TNT: Volume weight (kg)= Length* Width * Height (cm) / 5000, that is to say every 5000 cubic centimeters is equal to 1 kg.

EMS doesn’t calculate volume weight, heavy volume calculation formula: don’t calculate volume weight, the freight fee is in accordance with the actual weight.

How to avoid the high freight fee caused by volume weight?

Because of volume weight, a lot of light cargo with big size are charged high freight fee. For these goods, if it can’t compress the size, such as chair, you can deliver by EMS, as it doesn’t need to calculate volume weight. And for some goods such as clothing, shoes, they can be compressed so as to reduce the volume as far as possible.

By the above saying, you can see that you can deliver by EMS or compress the goods to reduce freight fee.

Choose a good international express company

A good international express company will help you solve problems, like deliver bulk cargo, they will compress the goods for you so as to save you money. But most of the major express company won’t offer this service, or require high service surcharge when you ask. However, apart from those major express company, there are many freight forwarders undertake their express business, and the price is much better than official.

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