Definition: "the greater of the actual weight or dimensional weight"
The problem: the shipper has a 50 lb box that is 24x24x24 inches with a volume of 8 cubic feet. For the mode of transport (truck) the industry has established a "volumetric weight ratio" of 10.4 lbs per cubic foot. Accordingly the weight charged will be 84 lbs, not 50 lbs.
The exact volumetric weight ratio applied to a shipment depends on the mode of transport, carrier and specific lane. Below are general examples.
domestic trucking (UPS, FedEx ground) - 10.4 lbs per cubic foot (CFT);
international express parcels (FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL): 13 lbs per CFT;
international air cargo: 10.4 lbs per CFT;
international ocean freight: 32 lbs per CFT.
ALL SHIPPERS ARE ADVISED TO CALCULATE THE CHARGEABLE WEIGHT OF THEIR SHIPMENT AND APPLY IT TO THE QUOTE PROVIDED BY THE CARRIER(S).
...more on how to calculate chargeable weight.
Packing list that calculates chargeable weight at 10.4 lbs per cubic foot.
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