Dimensional weight is a way for the couriers to calculate the maximum weight of a box based on its size. This is calculated based on a mathematical formula and is primarily based on the dimensions of the parcel. The courier will base the price of a shipment off of whichever is greater - the actual physical weight of the parcel or the dimensional weight.

Dimensional weight usually applies to lighter shipments in larger boxes. It is some carriers preference, such as Canpar,  to have dimensional weight appear on the label instead of the entered weight.

ShipTime calculates this for you when you prepare your labels but if you would like to calculate this manually, you can use the following formula divided by the courier specific divisible number to get your dimensional weight:

Length x Width x Height divided by the following:

DHL: 139
Canpar: 139.4
Canpar Select: 115.2
Purolator Ground: 139.4
Purolator Air: 115.2
Loomis: 139.4

Please Note: There is no need for you to calculate this manually, ShipTime’s system takes care of that for you! As long as the dimensions and weight are accurately entered into the dimension sections while creating a quote, our system will accurately calculate this for you! The dimensional weight will then be displayed on your label if it's the carrier's preference.

Here is a general guide line to measuring/calculating dimensional weight.