by Bart Crane
| Wednesday, December 31, 2014 |
Effective Jan 4th Fed
Ex is rating all packages not just by weight, but also by the cubic dimension
of the package. (Previously they only did this on boxes over 3 cubic
Specifically, FedEx and UPS will
take the LxWxD and divide the cubic inches by 166. The weight is then determined by the greater of the actual weight or the dimensional weight.
For example: 12x12x12 box =
1,728 / 166 = 10.4 LBS. Rounded up that is 11 LBS. If you put 1 LB in it, the shipment is rated as an 11 LB box. Conversely, if you put 20 LBS in the same box, it rates at 20 LBS.
This shipping change is
particularly unpleasant and presents a unique set of challenges, especially for lightweight products, as
accurate shipping estimates now require taking into account the ratio of a
product’s weight to size.
We are considering all options
to minimize or eliminate the impact on our shipments. Some items we ship Fed Ex will be affected.