What is dimensional weight?

Modified on Wed, 1 May at 3:10 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. 

Bargain Balloons offers a flat ground shipping rate for the cost of 8.92$. Express Shipping rates start at 19.84$ and increase depending on the weight of the order.

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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