The Best Ways to Measure Products for Shipping 

When you’re shipping out packages, you do need to measure the products that you have in order to properly ship them. You can use this with different dimensions, which you can from there ship out from FedEx and USPS. This is important to get right, since if you do measure it correctly, you’re getting the correct shipping costs. If it ends up being unusually sized, or oversized, you will get charged extra, so know beforehand. So how do you do it? It’s pretty simple really. 

You first need a tool to measure. Some people use rulers for smaller packaging, but for bigger items, a tape measurer will work with this. You want to get the height, length, and width of the boxes you’re shipping in. you also may want to note down the girth too if it’s a bit on the bigger end. If you get all of those, you want to make sure that you do get them all, put them in, and then calculate the shipping rates from there. 

Measuring Shipping Length 
  • The shipping length is determined by the side that’s the longest, since it is the biggest measurement. 
  • The measurement is expressed as length multiplied by width, and of course by girth.
  • To calculate all of these, you first want to use the measuring implement on the side that’s the longest. You may want to round up to the nearest centimeter or inch, depending on the product. 
  • Length is the most important one to get right, since if you’re not correct, and it ends up being too long, it’ll be considered oversized, and then you’re in charge of that.
  • UPS will consider any packages that are longer than 108 inches to be oversized, so you should definitely get this one right if you’re going to use them. 
  • Make sure that you do record all of this, and it is a part of package girth. 
  • If you’re shipping computers or software, you’ll want to enter those dimensions accurately to get the right pre-calculated shipping for this. 
Meaning Width 

Width is your shortest side, which is done by turning the measuring implementation 90 degrees from the length end. From there, you want to measure edge to edge to calculate it. This will not be as important as the length and is rarely used to determine if the package is oversized. 

Height Measurement 

You then want to measure the height by taking the tool that’s vertical and push it up in the air. Have it on the standing edge, rounding all the way to nearest centimeter or inch, and then record it. This will not impact the costs, since the width and height in most cases are either identical, or the measurement that’s the smallest. 

What About Girth 
  • Finally, we have girth, and this is actually pretty easy to do. 
  • To calculate it, take the width and the height measurements, and from there, you want to take them and add these together.
  • You can also multiply both the width and the height by two, and then add each of those numbers together. 
  • This by definition is the thickest part of the shipping box, and oftentimes is called volume in a lot of cases. 
  • And there you have it, everything that you need to properly measure a box before you ship it out. 
  • Why does this matter? Well if you’re going to be shipping to others, having the correct measurements is very important, so make sure that you do have this correct before you start to ship out the boxes you have. 

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