Although it varies by carrier and route, two common formulas many shippers use for dimensional weight are:
- Domestic Shipments: Cubic Feet x 8.9 = Dimensional Weight
- International Shipments: Cubic Feet x 10.4 = Dimensional Weight
Note: Air freight shipments to Puerto Rico move under international parameters.
After your dimensional weight is calculated, it’s compared to the actual weight of your shipment. The larger of the two becomes your chargeable weight.
In addition to its chargeable weight, the cost of your shipment will also be based on the air freight service level you choose. The faster your shipment needs to move, the more expensive it will be. As with ocean freight, the best way to get a firm idea of the cost of your air freight shipment is to reach out for a quote.
Note: Not all goods and supplies will be suitable for air freight. High-value and/or time-sensitive goods are all great candidates for air freight. For example, electronics and precision instruments; textiles and leather; pharmaceuticals; high-end accessories like handbags and jewelry; fresh meat and seafood; and medical/surgical equipment are all common air cargo commodities.
Heavy items will usually be too costly to ship via air freight. Ocean freight is a more cost-effective freight mode for these items. Additionally, since air freight is often more expensive than ocean freight, items with very low margins aren’t ideal for air freight.