Dim Weight Rules on ALL packages go into effect December 29th, 2014 for UPS and January 1st, 2015 for FedEx. This change will increase pricing on over 70% of all shipments sent by FedEx and UPS.
If you have not already looked into how you will be affected by this change and made the proper steps to minimize or eliminate the additional cost associated with this change you could be facing a substantial increase in your transportation spend come 2015.
- Measure your package. Package size is not necessarily what the box manufacturer states them to be. Measure the length, width, and height of your package taking into consideration any bulge, irregular shape, or warped sections as they need to be incorporated into the total volume. (1.00 – 1.49 inches = 1 inch / 1.50 – 1.99 = 2 inches)
- Calculate Cubic Size. Multiply Length (L) x Width (W) x Height (H) in inches
- Divide by the Dimensional Factor. Current dim factor for ground shipments is 166 and for international air shipments it is 139. The carrier may change these, so please check back with us or your carrier to insure proper calculations. Last change was in 2011.
- Round Up to the Nearest Whole Number. Make sure you round up your dim weight.
- Get Cubic Size. Multiply 18 x 16 x 22 = 6336 cubic inches
- Calculate Dim Weight. 6336 cubic inches divided by 166 = 38.17 lbs., or 39 lbs.
- Compare Rates. Check with regional carriers and the United States Parcel Service as they do not measure dim weight in the same manner.
- Analyze Packaging. Are your boxes and packaging procedures sloppy increasing your risk for dimensional weight pricing? Consider alternative packaging measures to reduce the overall volume. Even an inch will make a difference.
- Negotiate Carrier Contracts. Open up communication with UPS and/or FedEx to get a waiver on this new rule or negotiate alternative rates to offset the overall increase anticipated.