Why Calculate a Shipment’s Density?

Logistics News

We understand that some of our shipment industry talk is confusing. That’s why we’ve decided to open up a conversation to let you know what we mean by some of our terms. For example, Shipment Density comes up quite often.

Janice from Beloit, recently wrote to us asking:

“What is shipment density and why is it important?”

Shipment density is one of the factors that determines the freight rate. To determine shipment density, we take the total weight of the shipment and divide it by the total cubic feet. This helps us also describe the shipment goods on the bill of lading.

When the shipment is on pallets, the dimensions of the pallet determine the cubic dimensions.  A shipment with a lower density typically has a higher freight classification.

If you want to try it out for yourself, check out our handy Freight Density Calculator.
We are also standing by 24 hours a day to help you with any shipment needs – even if it is just to talk about density.