Dimensional Weight Mistakes Result in Overpayment to Shipping Carrier


Dimensional Weight Mistakes Result in Overpayment to Shipping Carrier

Dimensional weight (DIM) is a volumetric standard that is calculated by multiplying the length by width by height of a package and then dividing by a factor/divisor. Via dimensional weight charges, carriers like UPS and FedEx have the ability to rate lower density shipments at a higher weight…thus increasing the charge for the shipment. In 2011 both UPS and FedEx changed the DIM factor/divisor from 194 to 166, which effectively results in more packages being assessed a dimensional weight charge as opposed to a charge based on actual weight.

Although some companies may have been able to negotiate a custom DIM factor/divisor, thus minimizing the occurrence and additional cost associated with DIM’d packages, it is very important that shippers verify the legitimacy of each individual DIM charge appearing on their carrier’s invoice. The carriers have an automated scanning system that evaluates the need for a shipment DIM charge. In large part, the scanning system is accurate; however, if multiple packages happen to be stacked on top of each other it will likely result in an erroneous DIM assessment. If there are DIM charges appearing on your carrier’s bill for box sizes that do not represent one of your company’s standard box sizes, then it is likely that a DIM charge was incorrectly assessed and can be refunded to your account.

Source Consulting can help ensure the legitimacy and accuracy of your dimensional weight charges…and much more. Our team has help hundreds of companies implement solutions to reduce shipping costs. Contact us today to review the solutions we can provide for you.