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
Weight comparison to 1 litre of water
1 litre of water
weighs 1kg

(or 1000g)

(or 2.2lb)
Weight comparison to 1 tin of baked beans
1 tin of baked beans
weighs 450g

(or 0.45kg)

(or 1lb)
Weight comparison to a CD case
A CD case
140mm wide x 124mm high

(or 14cm x 12.4cm)

(or 5.5in x 4.9in*)
Weight comparison to an A4 pad of paper
An A4 pad of paper
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 measure volumetric weight
Length x width height (cm) / 5000 = Weight (Kg)

 

 

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

 
 
Drop off your parcel at your local DHL Service Point
DON'T WANT TO MEASURE ANYTHING?
Why not drop off your parcel at your local DHL Service Point?
 
 
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You can drop your parcel off at your nearest DHL Service Point,
book a collection online or over the phone. Which one is right for you?
 
 
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

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

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

* Calls to DHL UK phone numbers beginning ‘084’ cost 7 pence per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

 
 
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