Avoid Surprises When Sizing Your Parcel for Delivery

It is important to remember, that when you get a quote for your parcel the weights and dimensions must be entered correctly or you will receive the wrong price and may be charged for the extra. When you send a parcel with a courier, both the size and the weight are taken into account. So if you imagine 50 Kilos of lead and 50 Kilos of cotton wool, you will see that the cotton wool will take up a lot more room on the lorry and so will be more expensive to ship than the lead. This is the difference between actual weight and volumetric weight and courier companies will always charge for which ever is the greatest.

So with that in mind, how do you calculate the volumetric weight? We have made it simple for you with our volumetric calculator and our quote form will also work out the volumetric weight however there are still a few things you will need to take into consideration when entering your dimensions in order to get an accurate price.

Volumetric weight

Here’s our top tips for measuring the dimensions and getting the cheapest possible price.

Wrap everything tightly Particularly if you are sending a parcel internationally, you need to wrap the parcel tightly. This is because parcels are measured using lazers and if some bubble wrap comes loose and sticks out it will affect the size of the parcel and ultimately the volumetric weight.


Multiple parcelsIf you are sending multiple parcels, try to put them all in one box. Not only will this make the items more secure, but it will also save you money as you will only be paying to send one parcel.


Vacuum pack Vacuum packing will dramatically reduce the volumetric weight of your parcel and is best for clothes and bedding.


Don’t over protect your parcel Only use enough padding to ensure your item is protected. Over-doing theĀ  packaging could turn expensive as you will be unnecessarily increasing the volumetric weight.


Use the correct sized box If the box is too big, not only are you wasting money, but you are also risking damage to your parcel. Boxes that are too big are likely to cave in. Remember that your parcel isn’t the only parcel going on the lorry. Lorries are tall and the space is used so there is a high chance that other parcels will be stacked on top of yours.

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