April 3, 2021

Consolidation, Repackaging & Shipping from USA to Kenya. Dimensional Weight Vs Actual Weight

Dimensional/Volume weight Vs Actual weight

Air shipping can be fun but without a proper understanding of how air shipment is charged, surprises are not uncommon. This article will help you understand various aspects that may affect your air shipping cost.

Think about this... If you wanted to ship 1000KG of cotton wool by air, would it not fill up the whole airplane? If the airline was to charge based on weight without considering the volume/space occupied, would it be worth it for them to ship your cotton wool?

The answer is NO. Volume is an important part of air shipping.


Dimensional weight puts into consideration the fact that lighter items with high volume are uneconomical to the airlines if they were to be charged by actual weight.

Example: Someone may order 2 dumbbells for working out, each weighing 7.5lbs to be shipped by air. Another person may order a car seat for a baby weighing 15Lbs to be shipped by air.

The car seat may occupy as much as 6 times more space in the cargo airplane than the workout dumbbells, meaning it will have to be charged by volume, rather than the actual weight.

In air shipping, billable weight is a comparison of actual weight vs volumetric weight, whichever is larger. In the example above

Dumbbells: Are dense enough and so will be billed at the actual weight of 15LbsVolume weight

Dimensional Weight


Car seat: Due to the volume, the car seat cannot be billed by actual weight. It will be billed by volumetric weight.

Using the formula above



You might notice that our billable weight for international shipment is different from the weight indicated by local US couriers like FedEx and UPS. The formula for calculating local/domestic volumetric weight uses 166 while international uses 139 as the divisor.

Dimensional weight


Not having a repackaging option could be your single most expensive yet affordable option to forego. It is so expensive that just one shipment could cater for the whole value of the item purchased. Here is an example:

You find an extremely nice wireless mouse on amazon being offered on sale for $14.99. That’s a great deal and you immediately hop in and make an order.

Amazon delivers your wireless mouse to KenTex shipping warehouse in a box almost 10 times larger than the size of the item. Your mouse weighs less than half a pound but due to volume, you may end up paying for 10 or more pound

Volume weight

Box dimension = 12 x 12 x 3 inches Divide by 139

You also wanted to order coax cable for your TV connection from Amazon. The package is shipped in a box and delivered to KenTex cargo like the box below.


The two boxes here are so light but have high dimensional/Volumetric weight.  To save you money, we will repackage the two items together and reduce the billable volume weight. This will save you a lot of money, so much that you will be amazed by the difference.


Repackaging like described above is a form of consolidation. Our consolidation services help our customers achieve lower costs in shipping. We ship weekly and all packages received within that week have to be shipped out.

You have an option to consolidate, wait for all your orders to be delivered, and have them shipped together as one single compact package. This can save you hundreds of dollars for every shipment.

If you think about it, per the example above, you could save over $100 in just one shipment if you can consolidate.

We allow consolidation from 1 week to 7 days, considering that warehouse space is limited.

consolidationTo get started, sign up for an account and get a free USA address with a suite number tailored to your needs. Using this address, you can shop anywhere in the USA, and KenTex cargo will deliver to your doorsteps in Kenya.


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47 comments on “Consolidation, Repackaging & Shipping from USA to Kenya. Dimensional Weight Vs Actual Weight”

  1. I want to ship a box of goods it's 100 pounds approximately to Tanzania /Dari Salam from Columbus Ohio

    I need to know if it's possible how long it will take to delivery the goods? And approximately how much does it cost the size of 32x35 inch box 30 wide

    M ali

    1. We can only do door to port in Tanzania. Due to hostility and unfriendly business environment in Tanzania, we are unable to offer personalized services there. If you can put a whole container together, we can ship to the port. For air shipping to Tanzania, send us an email request. Receiver must collect

  2. Hi,

    I would like to know how much you charge to ship a barrel from New York to Kenya,also , is it possible to deliver to Eldoret or Kisumu?

    Thank you

  3. Hi, I would would like to purchase and ship tyres from the US. Would you ship to Nairobi Kenya?



  4. i need to import a phone from the USA, what would be the charges and inclusive of the custom clearance. please let me know.

      1. Is this option available yet or is soon still not soon yet after two years from the time on this post? My packages, 20 items to be precise arrived at the provided shipping address on Tuesday 18th Feb 2020. From my Amazon account, it says the packages were dropped in the mailroom. Kindly confirm/ acknowledge receivership because I am expecting you'll be shipping everything today, Thursday 20th Feb 2020 in accordance with your terms and timeline.

    1. Yes, Kentex Cargo office is located on 67 Muthithi Road, Westlands inside mitsumi business park, 4th floor

  5. hello i want buyer PlayStation4 from USA and ship to Kenya i'm in Kenya Nairobi, i need your assite

  6. I want a surface pro 6 from amazon f from us and how i can get the custom details and your shipping details and charges for here in nairobi, can you assist me in this case.

    for the details you can contact me

  7. Ok I have already paid for the purchase of an item from Amazon that's back on 10th June 2019 to date and I have not received any information about it; the only thing i was sent the day i paid is the invoice number.

  8. Hello, if I pay for an 80$ Ipad (shipped to your location free) wtihin the US, how much would I pay you for total cost of getting it to nairobi (pick up at your office)

  9. If I have a package of perfumes from Newyork. would you be able to collect on my behalf or do I have to make arrangements for it to be delivered to your warehouse. The package is approx 20 - 25Kgs. Would you send this by air or by sea. What would be your charges

  10. Does repackaging also cater for single purchases aswell say I place an order of one mouse only, can it be repackaged with other peoples order as well so i dont have to pay a possible exobirant fee due to the volume of the box....

  11. How much does it cost to ship an aircooled new turnkey engine from California to kenya nairobi through air.thank you.

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