Enter the volumetric weight and actual weight into the calculator to determine the chargeable weight.

Chargeable Weight Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the chargeable weight for air freight shipment.

CW = max(VW, AW)


  • CW is the chargeable weight VW is the volumetric weight AW is the actual weight

To calculate the chargeable weight, you need to compare the volumetric weight and the actual weight. The chargeable weight is the greater of the two. The volumetric weight is calculated by multiplying the dimensions of the package (length, width, and height) and dividing by a dimensional factor. The actual weight is the weight of the package when placed on a scale.

What is a Chargeable Weight?

Chargeable weight is a concept used in freight transportation, particularly in air and sea shipping, to determine the cost of shipping goods. It is not solely based on the actual weight of the goods, but also takes into account the space they occupy. This is because carriers need to consider both the weight and volume of the cargo when planning their loads. Therefore, the chargeable weight is calculated as the actual gross weight or the volumetric weight of the shipment, whichever is greater.

How to Calculate Chargeable Weight?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Chargeable Weight using the formula CW = max(VW, AW).

  1. First, determine the Volumetric weight (VW).
  2. Next, determine the Actual weight (AW).
  3. Next, use the formula CW = max(VW, AW) to calculate the Chargeable Weight.
  4. Finally, calculate the Chargeable Weight.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Volumetric weight (VW) = 50

Actual weight (AW) = 45