Important info for our business members....
Earlier this year, both FedEx and UPS announced that they will begin applying dimensional weight rating to all ground shipments. If you send packages using either or both of these carriers, you’ll want to be aware of how this change could impact your ecommerce business — and what you can do about it.
First off — how exactly do you define dimensional weight? Dimensional weight is calculated when the size (in volume) of a package is used to determine the weight at which it’s rated. The length, width and height of the box are multiplied together and divided by a dimensional factor (UPS and FedEx use 166 for domestic shipments) to determine the dimensional weight. The calculated dimensional weight is then compared to the actual weight of the package, and the higher of the two is used to determine the base rate of the shipment.
Previously, UPS and FedEx Ground service packages were only subject to dimensional weight rating if they were 3 cubic feet or larger. Beginning on December 29 for UPS and January 1 for FedEx, all ground service packages will be subject to dimensional weight rating with no minimum volume threshold. This means ecommerce businesses could see a substantial hike in shipping costs for larger, but lighter-weight packages.
If you are not sure whether dimensional weight pricing will impact your business, check out the new dimensional weight pricing shipping rates comparison chart.
Also, don’t forget to check out the dimensional weight pricing calculator to find out how the new DIM weight rules could impact your costs and where you could save money with the USPS!
For more news and tips, check out the FedEx vs. UPS vs. USPS shipping rates comparison page.