Density rate is the charge applied to a shipment based on its weight and density. Density is a measurement of how much space an item takes up in relation to its weight. The denser an item is, the more space it will take up in comparison to its weight.
- If you have two items that weigh the same but one is much larger than the other, the smaller item will have a higher density. Density is often expressed as pounds per cubic foot (lb/cu ft).
- To calculate the density rate, simply multiply the total weight of the shipment by the density. If the total weight of a shipment is 100 pounds and the density is 50 lb/cu ft, the density rate would be $5.00 (100 x 0.50 = $50.00).
The density rate applies to all shipments, regardless of whether they are air or ground shipments. The density rate can be important to logistics professionals because it can impact how much they are charged for shipping a product.