# Chargeable Weight

## What is Chargeable Weight?

Chargeable weight is a measure of weight deduced by shipping carriers to decipher the associated shipping cost. Chargeable weight can be volumetric or actual gross weight, and the more significant amount is usually considered.

## Significance of Chargeable Weight in an E-commerce Shipping and Delivery

Chargeable weight is a global standard for calculating the shipping cost for a package. It mitigates confusion and provides an accurate estimate to freight carriers.

• Pricing: The pricing of a shipment is calculated based on the chargeable weight. As a global standard, it mitigates pricing confusion.
• Better palletization and optimum space usage: Freights have limited space in terms of weight and volume. Since chargeable weight considers both of the mentioned factors, shipping companies can pre-estimate the perfect palletization setting to leverage maximum space in their containers. It further reduces cost as more products are shipped.

## Prerequisites of Chargeable Weight and How It Works

A seller needs to scope out the dimensions of a shipment before calculating the chargeable weight of a particular package.

The formula for chargeable weight: L X B X H, / divisor

The divisor varies per shipping company. Hence, checking in with them before calculating the chargeable weight is a good practice.

In case the computed chargeable weight is lower than the actual weight. The shipping company considers the latter as chargeable weight.

## Use Case with Chargeable Weight

To calculate chargeable weight, companies need to calculate actual gross weight and volumetric weight.

Actual gross weight can be calculated by using a scale and including all packages. For instance, the gross weight of a product is 5 Kg. Next, calculate the volumetric weight by considering the dimensions of the product. Say the length, height and width are 80 cm x 20 cm x 45 cm, and the volumetric weight will be 11.4 kg.

The chargeable weight is the greater value. So, the company has to pay a shipping price depending on a chargeable weight of 11.4 kg.