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Dimensional Weight

It is an industry standard practice to charge special handling fees based on dimensional (DIM) weight when a package is relatively light compared to its size. Our competitors charge dimensional weight to all size packages and charge the greater of the two weights. The standard in the industry is a divisor of 139 making the dimensional weight higher.

At GLS we like to do things differently. We only apply dimensional weight pricing when a package is 5,184 cubic inches or greater. We also use a divisor of 166.

To Determine Billable Weight for your packages:

  • Calculate the cubic size of the package by multiplying the length by width by height in inches (e.g., 12" x 18" x 12" = 2592).
  • If the cubic size is less than 5,184, use the actual weight of the package.
  • If the cubic size of the package is 5,184 or greater, you’ll need to calculate DIM weight by dividing the cubic size by 166. Any fraction of a pound will be calculated at the next highest rate.
  • Compare the dimensional weight to the actual weight. If the dimensional weight is greater, GLS will apply DIM weight pricing.
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