What is the difference between actual weight and volumetric weight and what will I be charged for?
Actual weight is exactly what it means, the weight of the package. Volumetric weight takes into consideration the dimensions of the package, so if you order a tall vase, the package volumetric weight will be calculated based on the length x width x height divided by 5000.
When your Shop&Ship package is received at our office, we calculate both the actual weight of the package and its volumetric weight; the larger figure will be applied to your package. This procedure is followed by all airlines and freight forwarding companies.
Calculate the volumetric weight of your shipment : http://www.dhl.com/publish/g0/en/tools/volume.high.html