# What is Volumetric weight and how to calculate it?

The cost of transporting a package through logistics can be affected by not just weight but also space that it occupies. For example, an order of a teddy bear in weight may be less in the value, but the dimensions wise the space it occupies as a package to deliver is different. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.

The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight.

The volumetric or dimensional weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to ascertain which is greater. The higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost.

Calculating Volumetric Weight

Volumetric weight is calculated by multiplying the length x height x width of a package and dividing the result by a volumetric factor.

We use kilograms to calculate shipping charges. The following is the general formula to calculate volumetric weight in India: 