How to Get Work as a Guest Entertainer on a Cruise Ship Part III

UPS is changing the way they calculate freight charges on your larger and oversized packages in 2007. They have what has been termed a simpler rate calculation based solely on dimensional weights which replaces the old oversize specifications of the past. This system is only applicable to ground shipping methods and only for packages larger than 3 cubic feet or 5184 cubic inches. Packages smaller than 3 cubic feet will be billed based on the actual weight of the package.

The new methods represents a more All Round Shipping gradual price increase based on total dimensions rather than using the old tiered method. The actual billable weight will be the larger of the actual weight or the dimensional weight.

How to calculate the cubic size of your package. — Whatever you are shipping needs to be described by a rectangle with a Length x Width x Depth. Measure this rectangle and round each number to the nearest whole inch. (e.g. a package with exact dimensions of 14.25″ x 12.65″ x 8.75″ would be rounded to 14″ x 13″ X 9″. Next, multiply the LxWxD (14x13x9=1638 cubic inches). This package would not qualify for dimensional weights and would ship based on actual weight. Let try another. Your package is 49.5″ x 29″ x 07.5″ (50x29x8 = 11,600 cubic inches). This is larger than 5184 cubic inches so it will be billed by billable weight.

Once your package qualifies for dimensional weight calculations how do I calculate my cost? Now that we have our cubic size of 11,600 cubic inches we can calculate our billable weight.

For ground service within the US it is cubic inches divided by 194 = billable weight
For ground service to Canada it cubic inches divided by 166 = billable weight.

In our example: 11,600/194 = 59.79 lbs. rounded up to the nearest full pound, 60 lbs.

UPS provides a cost estimating service on their website. But you must know how to calculate your dimensional weights. You’ll need your origin city and zipcode, your destination city and zip code and your billable weight to use the UPS price estimating tool on their website.