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Excess Baggage charges by Air explained

All Airlines and Internationals Removal companies base their charges on the weight or volume of all consignments of excess baggage and personal effects. Charges are applied to whichever figure is the greater of the actual physical gross weight of the goods OR of the chargeable or volumetric weight of the goods. You assess your excess baggage by measuring the package/s and then calculating the volumetric weight of the shipment by measuring the width x length x height of each package in centimetres’ which will give you a total in cubic centimetres. Divide the cubic centimetres by 6000, which simply calculates the chargeable or volumetric weight of each package. Repeat this process with all packages and then simply add and total them together which in turn will give you the Total chargeable or volumetric of the entire consignment. This simple conversion formula is applicable whether you are moving excess baggage to Dubai or to New York. All Airlines, International Removals Companies, excess baggage forwarders and shipping companies operate this charging system to all destinations and on all removals Worldwide with no exceptions, other than some couriers who use a lower conversion formula which in turn increases rates substantially.

Excess Baggage, Airfreight and Air Cargo consignments are calculated according to this formula and charges are then based upon the gross weight of the goods OR the volumetric weight, whichever is the greater. The are some exceptions to this rule which may cause a little confusion and that is when some courier companies and the like use a lower volume conversion figure of 5000 or 4500 which INCREASES the chargeable weight and in turn the charges on your excess baggage. All Airlines and the majority of airfreight services operate the conversion formula of 6000 regardless of airline and destination.

Example number one.

If for example you want to move one carton to Dubai via our excess baggage to Dubai service, simply follow the steps below.

Subject: One Carton of excess baggage / personal effects
Measuring 40 x 40 x 40 centimetres = 64000 cubic centimetres divided by 6000 and the chargeable / volumetric weight is 10.66 kilos
If the carton weighed 8 kilos, charges would be based upon the volumetric weight which is greater than the actual physical weight.
If however the carton weighed 20 kilos, then charges would be based upon the actual gross weight, which is higher than the volumetric weight.

Example number two.

If for example you want to move ten x cartons to Dubai via our excess baggage to Dubai service, simply follow the steps below.

Subject: Ten Cartons of excess baggage / personal effects.
Measuring 50 x 50 x 50 centimetres = 125000 cubic centimetres per carton. Multiplied by ten gives you a Total of 1250000 divided by 6000 and the chargeable / volumetric weight of the consignment amounts to a Total of 208.33 kilos
If each carton weighed 15 kilos, charges would be based upon the volumetric weight which is greater than the actual physical weight with the physical gross weight totalling 150 kilos and the chargeable / volumetric weight being 208.33 kilos.
If however each carton weighed 30 kilos, then charges would be based upon the actual gross weight of the consignment, which is higher than the volumetric weight because the physical gross weight of the consignment would total 300 kilos and the chargeable weight is the lesser figure of 208.33 kilos.

Excess baggage and airfreight charges are always based upon whichever of the two is greater and every Airline, International Removal Company and Courier in The World operates this policy.

Recap & Summary:

Measure all three dimensions of each package and then multiply them to calculate the Total Cubic centimetres. Then divide by 6000 to establish the volumetric / chargeable weight. If it is higher than the actual physical gross weight, then charges will be based upon the volumetric / chargeable weight. If however the volumetric weight is lower than the actual gross weight then charges will be based upon the actual physical gross weight of the consignment.

This system of weighing and measuring excess baggage and air freight consignments is practiced and operated Worldwide by all airlines, International Removal Companies and freight forwarding agents.

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