Dimensional weight, also known as volumetric weight, is a shipping term used to calculate the amount of space a package takes up in relation to its actual weight. This is important for determining the cost of shipping a package, as carriers base their rates on any one that is higher. **It is important for you to know that when the volume weight is higher than the actual weight carrier base the rate on the volume weight**

Calculating the dimensional weight of a package is relatively straightforward and can be done in a few simple steps.

**Step 1**: Measure the package. To calculate the dimensional weight of a package, you‘ll need to measure the length, width, and height of the package in inches. Make sure to use a tape measure or ruler for accuracy.

**Step 2**: Multiply the measurements. Once you have the length, width, and height of the package, you‘ll need to multiply them together. This will give you the total volume of the package in cubic inches.

**Step 3:** Divide the volume by the dimensional factor. The dimensional factor is a number assigned by the shipping carrier. For example, FedEx and UPS both use the dimensional factor of 166. This means that you‘ll need to divide the total volume of the package (in cubic inches) by 166.

**Step 4:** Round up the result. When calculating the dimensional weight