Dimensional weight calculation is a necessary step for eCommerce companies and retailers who ship products in boxes and large poly bags. By subjecting all packages to dimensional weight billing, also known as DIM weight, carriers hope to encourage retailers to make better packaging decisions. By right-sizing shipment packaging, carriers can maximize the number of packages being transported per truckload. Knowing how to accurately calculate a package’s dimensional weight will ensure companies don’t overpay for shipments. Although the formula varies slightly from carrier to carrier, the basic dimensional formula is length x width x height divided by a dimensional factor or DIM Factor. For both UPS and FedEx, the current dimensional factor is 166 for domestically shipped items and 139 for internationally shipped items. Typically, the result is rounded up to the nearest pound or kilogram. For irregularly shaped containers, shippers should measure the package at the greatest dimensions. click Read More below for additional detail
Total Packaging Papers shipments were 222,200 tons, 3.4% lower than September 2016. Bag & Sack shipments were up 3.8% year-to-date, while Food Wrapping shipments were down 7.8% over the same period. The operating rate for September 2017 was 87.9%, while the year-to-date rate was 88.7%. Inventories were 168,300 tons, down slightly since August.