WHAT IS VOLUMETRIC CARGO?
Items such as televisions, fridge/freezers, large children’s toys etc are all examples of items which could be volumetric.
HOW CAN I CALCULATE THE VOLUMETRIC WEIGHT OF A PACKAGE?
If you measure the three dimensions of a package (length, width, height) in centimetres
If you measure the three dimensions of a package (length, width, height) in centimetres, and then divide the total by 6000, this gives you the volumetric weight of a package. Use the calculator below to calculate the volumetric weight of your packages.
For example; a box weighs 32.00kg and measures 130 x 30 x 90 cms. If we use the calculator we get a value of 58.50kg - this is the volumetric weight of that package.
This means that although the package weighs 32.00kg, the airline will charge for 58.50kg due to the size. The calculation is always to the advantage of the airline and so if the volumetric weight is less than the actual weight of the package, the airline will charge you according to the actual weight.
As a general rule, if you are packing your own things, you should try and pack your items into the smallest overall space (without making the package too heavy or endangering the contents) if you wish to avoid paying for the volume rather than the weight. You will be always charged according to the higher figure.
If you are sending multiple packages then the combined actual weight of those packages should be compared to the combined volumetric weight of the packages to determine if the whole shipment is to be charged according to the actual or volumetric weight.