Before we can give you a quote for delivery, you need to weigh and measure each of your parcels. It is really important that you provide accurate measurements so we can determine the best possible service at the best possible price. Luckily, the process is really straightforward and once you’ve done it a couple of times, it will be second nature. So let’s get started!

How to weigh your parcel

The weight of your parcel is the total weight of the contents, plus any packaging. Weighing your parcel accurately will ensure that your goods are transported safely with no unexpected charges. Parcels are loaded and unloaded according to their weight to minimise movement in transit and ensure the safety of delivery drivers.

What you will need

Bathroom Scales (preferably digital, but any will do).
A calculator.

Method

If you are using a recycled box, start by checking the exterior of the box for any labels or markings which relate to the previous contents. Make sure these are either covered up or scored out before proceeding. Any unrelated markings which lead to confusion for the courier could lead to additional charges, so it’s best to be safe.

 

  • To weigh a small package, simply place it on the bathroom scales and take a note of the weight from the display.
  • To weigh a large package, first step on the scales alone and take a note of your weight. Then take a note of your weight while holding the package, and subtract your weight from it. The number you are left with is the weight of the parcel. Simple!
  • If your package is too heavy to lift, then it will likely be too heavy for a delivery driver. The maximum weight for a single parcel is 30kg.
  • If you are unable to lift or weigh your parcel for any other reason, we may still be able to help. Please give us a call on 08456 478 479 to discuss your situation further.

 

Providing an accurate weight for all of your parcels will ensure that we can provide you with the best deal possible with no unexpected charges.

How to measure your parcel

To measure your parcel, you will need to find the length, width and height. If your parcel is box-shaped, this is as simple as taking the three measurements as described below. If your parcel is irregularly shaped, you will have to take each measurement at its longest point - try to imagine what size of regular box you would need to fully contain your parcel.

It’s important to note that the length should always refer to the longest side i.e. the highest number.

What you will need

Measuring tape (in centimetres). Pen. Notepad. Calculator.

Method

  • Use your pen to mark one corner of your parcel. We will take all three measurements from this corner.
  • Run your measuring tape up the longest edge of the parcel, and take a note of the length in centimetres.
  • Starting from the marked corner again, run the tape along one of the shorter edges. Take a note of this width.
  • Repeat the previous step for the remaining edge. Take a note of this height.

The significance of these measurements varies depending which courier you use. We have provided some guidance for the maximum allowed dimensions for some of the most popular carriers below.

To calculate the combined measurement, use the following formula:

combined measurement = length + (2 x height) + (2 x width)

Maximum Parcel Weight & Dimensions

UPS 

Maximum length 270cm or 325cm combined measurement.
Maximum weight 70Kg

DPD

Maximum length 100cm
Maximum weight 30Kg.

DHL

Maximum length 270cm or 325cm combined measurement.
Maximum weight 70Kg