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How to calculate dimensional weight

In some ways, the approach to calculating shipping costs seems designed to confuse. After all, billable weight sometimes doesn't reflect weight at all – but instead involves a tricky little concept called dimensional weight. To insulate themselves from the cost of transporting lightweight but bulky packages, carriers calculate charges based on the greater measurement between the actual gross and volumetric weight, assuming a package meets a certain threshold size.
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