What is Airline Chargeable Weight and How to Calculate it?

The chargeable weight in the airfreight is the actual gross weight or the dimensional volumetric weight of the shipment, whichever is higher. The DIM factor (Dimensional Weight Factor) is usually 167 (1 m3 = 167 kg). The formula for calculating the dimensional volumetric weight is:

Length x Width x Height (in cm)/6000

Or Length x Width x Height (in inches)/166

The greatest length, the greatest width and the greatest height must be applied. A half or larger fraction of a centimetre / inch must be rounded up to the next higher whole centimeter / inch, a smaller fraction down to the next lower whole centimeter / inch (e.g. 50.5 cm = 51 cm, 34.2 =34 cm or 50.5 inch = 51 inch, 34.2 =34 inch etc.).

The volumetric weight must be rounded up to the next higher full or half kilogramme. If the shipment consists of more than 1 package first sum up the results and do the rounding afterwards.

Note: Though the standard international DIM factor (Dimensional Weight Factor) is usually 167 (1 m3 = 167 kg), there is no single DIM factor being utilized. The DIM factor utilized for a shipment can vary by Forwarder, locations, and even by unique customer/Forwarder relationship. Some Forwarders offer Volumetric Discounts. Despite the standard rhetoric to the contrary, DIM factors are in fact, negotiable.