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!

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DHL weight and size comparison guide

     Bottle of water

1 litre of water

weighs 1kg

(or 1000g) (or 2.2lb)

  Can of beans

1 tin of baked beans

weighs 450g

(or 0.45kg)

Tape measure

    CD case

A CD case is 140mm

wide x 124mm high

(or 14cm x 12.4cm)

(or 5.5in x 4.9in*)

  A4 paper

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:

How to calculate volumetric weight

Parcel weight is rounded up to the nearest half kilo. The greater of the two weights will be used for the parcel delivery cost.

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Do you still have questions?

We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please call us on:

0844 248 0828 *

Our opening hours are 07:30 - 20:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 - 14:00 on Saturday.

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