Does Ups Charge By Weight Or Size? (your Full Guide)

UPS, or the United Parcel Service, is an established shipping company, and is always looking for new ways to lower costs.

You need to know how to avoid surprise shipping charges. Here’s how to avoid any extra charges, whether you’re placing an order online or shipping a package.

Does UPS Charge by Weight or Size In 2022?

UPS charges by both weight and size, using a formula for dimensional weight to calculate overall shipping costs in 2022. To figure out your shipping cost, multiply the package’s overall weight by its dimensionless length, and divide by 50,000. Round the resulting number to the nearest half kilogram to get your package’s dimensional weight.

If you want to know more about the various forms of shipping in the UPS delivery system, keep on reading for more information that you can use to make sense of things.

Does UPS Calculate by Weight?

UPS does calculate shipping costs by weight. However, shipping costs are not calculated by weight alone. There are other factors that determine shipping.
The “Ships by weight” options in the Shopping Cart have been removed from the Storefront. I’ll be working to have them come back in the future.

By using a formula called dimensional weight, UPS decides how much to charge for shipping, from a specific package, based on its size.

Dimensional weight is a way of measuring the physical size of a package. It should be noted that this is not the same as shipping weight which is the actual weight of the package plus the weight of the package’s contents.

You can find the dimensional weight of your package by multiplying the dimensions of the package (measured in centimeters) by the package’s dimensional weight per unit weight; for example, the weight in grammes of a package that is 6 cm wide by 10 cm high by 15 cm long is 60 gm.

The resulting number divided by 5,000 is 7, and round to the nearest half kilogram.

In general a package which weighs more tends to cost more to ship, but a box that is larger and heavier can ship for less than a box of the same dimensions that weighs less.

If you want to know more about what is dimensional weight versus actual weight, how to calculate package weight, and how you can calculate shipping and tracking, please check out the UPS Dimensional weight page.

How Do I Figure Out Shipping Costs at UPS?

UPS determines the shipping cost of any given package based on the package’s dimensional weight
and the actual weight of the package.

It is the bigger of the two weights. This is the shipping weight which determines the shipping cost for the customer.

To find out how much UPS will charge to ship your package, you can either do this manually or use the tool on UPS’ website.

It is a good idea to use a third-party website to get a quote for UPS shipping rather than relying on the information provided by UPS; otherwise, you might be charged for something you didn’t order.

You can also get a quote by clicking on the “quote” drop-down menu.

While the online calculator can make things easy and save you time and energy, you may not always get an accurate result.

If you don’t know or aren’t willing to do some measurements on your package (like a dimensional analysis), then you’re just asking for trouble.

To get the most accurate estimate of your shipping fees, you should measure your package and do the formulas manually and carefully.

You first need to find the dimensional weight of your package.
To find the dimensional weight for your package, you need to find its shipping weight first, then subtract the package’s padding and dividable materials.

The dimensional weight of your package, if found by measuring each of the three dimensions of each package, can be calculated by multiplying together the three values.

Multiplying all the dimensions together and then dividing by 5,000, and then rounding to nearest half kilograms.

Next, to calculate the cost of shipping, use the weight of your package and the size of the box as a way of calculating the shipping cost. So if the box is 2″ x 2″ x 4″ and the package weighs 4 pounds, then find the weight in grams. Using the weight in grams and the size of the box, you can calculate the cost of shipping.

The next step is to find out the weight of the dimensional weight. If the dimensional weight is the heavier, then that is the value that is the billable weight.

The ‘weight’ of your package is the weight of your package, which is the actual amount of weight you are shipping with.

Make sure your item is properly packaged and protected.
If you are shipping internationally, make sure the package has a declared value of over $400.

How Can I Avoid UPS Charges?

UPS has the same types of policies and procedures as every other company because they are a business.

These charges can be thought of as shipping charge adjustments, and typically are applied to packages whose shipment details have been incorrectly determined.

One thing to note is that if you’re ordering from a third party or a different web host or a different country — your package could be delayed for any number of reasons.

If you need to do more than just read about shipping charge corrections, you can download the UPS shipping charge correction application for Windows and Mac.

I believe it is easier to avoid shipping charge corrections by avoiding the above scenarios.

As with all gifts, you should measure your item carefully before packing it in the box. If the item is heavy and will likely move around during the shipping process, then it’s best to place it in a sturdy box.

If possible, try to find a local UPS store to arrange for shipment where you live, and have an associate help you measure and calculate your package’s dimensions and weight so you can properly label it and arrange for shipping.

If you want to know more about the costs of shipping, you can read our post on the cost of shipping with UPS, what time of the day you have the lowest UPS shipping rate, and how to save money on shipping by choosing USPS.


The most accurate and consistent way to calculate shipping costs is by using a dimensional weight. This is because dimensional weight considers your package’s dimensions, whereas physical weight assumes that all packages use a standard size box. This is called dimensional weight because it takes into account your package’s size and not its weight.

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