Measuring & weighing advice
Sometimes we just don’t have a set of scales or a tape measure to hand when we need them. However this shouldn’t stop you from sending your parcel with DHL. We are here to help - take a look at our weight and size comparison guide below. We have taken everyday objects from around the house or office and given you the measurements to help you compare the sizes and weights against your parcel.
Alternatively, you can send your parcel via your local DHL Service Point where you don’t need to measure a thing!
DHL weight and size comparison guide
1 litre of water
(or 1000g) (or 2.2lb)
1 tin of baked beans
A CD case is 140mm
wide x 124mm high
(or 14cm x 12.4cm)
(or 5.5in x 4.9in*)
An A4 pad of paper is
210mm wide and 297mm high
(or 21cm x 29.7cm)
(or 8in x 12in*)
* measurement figure has been rounded up
How to measure volumetric weight
If your parcel is large in size and light in weight, the delivery price may be calculated by the parcel's volumetric weight rather than its actual weight. To calculate the volumetric weight, use the formula below:
Parcel weight is rounded up to the nearest half kilo. The greater of the two weights will be used for the parcel delivery cost.