What is dimensional weight?

Modified on Thu, 23 Mar 2023 at 05:47 PM

Shipping costs are generally calculated by weight at checkout, however, some parcels can be very light yet bulky.

These types of parcels can take up a considerable amount of space in a truck or an airplane (e.g one-piece plastic sticks). Therefore, courier companies add additional charges for lightweight bulky shipments.

The shipment is then measured and divided by a divider, which is different based on the courier company. For example, UPS multiplies the length by width by height and then divides that number by 139.  Shipping costs are then charged based on which number is higher– the shipping weight or the dimensional weight.

Example: A box of 1000 one-piece sticks weighs 13.15 lbs.,  the box measures 18  x 16 x 16, and the courier is UPS.

UPS would measure this box and price it at 33.15 LBS. If you choose ground shipping, Bargain Balloons offers a flat shipping rate– so additional costs will not be included. If you choose express shipping, you will be responsible for some of the costs.

We suggest limiting the number of bulky items you ship Express because shipping costs for Express are calculated by weight and dimensional weight.


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