Aviation Logistics Knowledge Lecture – All The “Weights” in Airfreight

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Aviation Logistics Knowledge Lecture – All The “Weights” in Airfreight

Many friends might be quite confused with airfreight since there are so many different “weights” in the industry. But don’t worry, let us explain them once and for all here.


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Here are some “weights” that you might be interested in gross weight, net weight, tare weight, volume weight, chargeable weight.


The first you need to know about weight must be gross weight. It simply means the weight of the cargo together with the package. The package might vary a lot. If the package is a wooden pallet, then the gross weight will be increased.


Net weight refers to purely the weight of the cargo. It is simply the gross weight minus the package’s weight.


Tare weight refers to the package weight. For example, the typical tare weight of a wooden pallet is around 12kg.


From the above, we understand that: Net weight + Tare Weight = Gross Weight. See, not that difficult, is it?


And now, we are going to dive deeper into the weighting system.


The volume weight is a virtual figure calculated by the dimension of each piece of a shipment. The volume of a shipment is calculated by length by width by height and multiplied by the number of pieces. And there is a formula to calculate the volume weight. Let’s say we have a shipment now, and the shipment is 1000kg, 8cbm. What is the volume weight of the shipment? You can simply use volume to multiply by a constant: 167. Now we get 8 x 167 = 1336. And the volume weight is the result and the gross weight whichever is greater. In this case, the volume weight is 1336.


The chargeable weight is the weight that carriers charge. It takes the volume weight and the actual gross weight whichever is greater.


If the chargeable weight is higher than gross weight, it is a volumetric shipment; and if the gross weight is higher than the volume weight, it is a dense shipment. Dense shipment charge at gross weight, and volumetric shipment t charge at the chargeable weight.


Now you can understand why sometimes the carrier charges higher than the gross weight.

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