Chargeable Kilo

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The weight used to calculate air freight charges.

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What is a Chargeable Kilo & How is it Calculated?

In the shipping industry, chargeable weight or chargeable kilo is a term used to describe the weight used to calculate the cost of shipping a package. It is the greater of the actual weight and the volumetric weight of the package. 


Actual weight refers to the weight of the package as measured on a scale. Volumetric weight, on the other hand, is calculated based on the size of the package. It is calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height of the package and dividing the result by a volumetric factor. The volumetric factor varies depending on the mode of transportation and the carrier, but it is typically between 166 and 600, with 166 being the most common factor for air freight. 


The formula for calculating chargeable weight is: 


Chargeable weight = Maximum of Actual Weight and Volumetric Weight 


For example, let’s say you are shipping a package that weighs 10 kilograms, but its dimensions are 50 cm x 40 cm x 30 cm. The volumetric weight of the package would be calculated as follows: 


Volumetric weight = (50 x 40 x 30) / 600 = 10 kg 


Since the volumetric weight is greater than the actual weight, the chargeable weight would be 10 kg. Therefore, you would be charged based on the 10 kg rate, even though the package only weighs 10 kg. 

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