Dimensional Weight FAQs
What is dimensional weight?
Dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the amount of
space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. Effective
Jan. 5, 2015, FedEx (and UPS) uses dimensional weight pricing to all
shipments. Previously, FedEx Ground applied dimensional weight pricing
only to packages measuring three cubic feet or greater. In other words
all FedEx Express® and
FedEx Ground® shipments
within the U.S., U.S. import-rated international shipments, and U.S.
export shipments are subject to dimensional weight rating.
Billable weight is the weight used to calculate your rate. For domestic
and international services, the billable weight will either be the
dimensional weight or the actual weight of your package (whichever
number is greater). Calculations of dimensional weight are subject to
change without notice.
See the FedEx
Service Guide for more details on dimensional weight. Nashville
Wraps calculates all parcels based on their dimensional weight (billing
How is dimensional weight calculated?
Dimensional weight is calculated based on the length, height, and width
of the package. The dimensional weight becomes the billable weight when
the dimensional weight of your package exceeds its actual weight.
Follow these easy steps to calculate dimensional weight:
Calculate the cubic size of your package in inches. Multiply the
length by width by height of your package.
Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch. The resulting
total is the cubic size of your package.
Determine actual weight. Use any standard scale to determine the
actual weight of your package. Increase any fraction to the next
Determine dimensional weight. Divide the cubic size of your
package in inches by 166 (for shipments within the U.S. and
shipments between the U.S. and Puerto Rico) or 139 (for U.S. export
and U.S. import-rated international shipments). Increase any
fraction to the next whole pound.
Determine billable weight. Compare the package's actual weight
to its dimensional weight. The larger of the two weights is the
billable weight and should be used to calculate the rate.
multiple-package shipments, Total the billable weight of all
packages in the shipment.