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Create a Custom Shipping Method

You can add unlimited Shipping Methods to each shipping zone within a Shipping Scenario.

A Custom Shipping Method lets you create a single flat shipping rate or a table of pre-determined rates. Before creating a Custom Shipping Method, you will need to create a Shipping Scenario.

If you don’t require a Custom Shipping Method, you can create a Live Rate Shipping Method instead (you’ll still need to create a Shipping Scenario first).

Add A Shipping Method

  • Click the Shipping menu button, then select Shipping Scenarios from the drop-down list.
  • Click on one of your existing Shipping Scenarios.
  • In the Shipping Methods section at the bottom of the Edit Shipping Scenario page, click Add Shipping Method beside the applicable Shipping Zone – e.g. ‘United States’.

Shipping Zones are determined by your Shopify Settings. To learn how to adjust your Shipping Zones, click here.

  • Create a Title for your Shipping Method – e.g. ‘Express Shipping’.
  • Enter a Service Code – e.g. ‘Express’ (Optional)
  • Enter the Delivery Time (in business days) that will be displayed to your customers during checkout (Optional).

The options to use the Carrier Shipping Method Title, Service Code and Delivery Time are available for Live Rate Shipping Methods only.

  • Enter a Description for your Shipping Method (Optional). The Description will appear below the Shipping Method Title at checkout.

Though Delivery time and the Description are optional, we encourage you to provide customers as much information about the Shipping Method as possible.

Select The Shipping Calculation Method

  • In the Calculate Shipping Based On section, choose the desired Combined Product Values or Individual Product Values to be used to calculate your custom shipping charges.

Enter The Shipping Costs

  • In the Shipping Costs section, click the Add Another Shipping Costs button.
  • Under Up To, enter the maximum value – e.g. number of lbs – before the system moves on to the next Shipping Costs row.
  • Enter the Shipping Cost the customer will be charged.
  • To break down the cost per unit – e.g. the cost per lb – enter the Per Unit value (Optional).
  • Add as many Shipping Costs as you need.
  • Click Additional Settings.
  • Select the Calculation Method to determine how the final Shipping Cost is calculated.
  • Toggle Split Cart to On or Off.

When Split Cart is set to On, the Cart Value will be split based on the highest Shipping Cost row and the Shipping Cost will be calculated for each segment. Then they will be combined together for a single Shipping Cost to the customer

Optional Settings

Adjust Final Shipping Costs

  • Enter the Minimum Cost. If the shipping cost is less than this value, it will be adjusted to the Minimum Cost.
  • Enter the Maximum Cost. If the shipping cost is more expensive than this value, it will be adjusted to the Maximum Cost.
  • Enter the amount of Mark Up or Mark Down to be applied to the final shipping cost.

Additional Fees

  • Enter any miscellaneous Handling costs – e.g. packaging material costs.
  • Enter any Insurance fees.

Insurance fees can be entered as a flat rate – e.g. 2.00 – or as a percentage – e.g. 3%.

Round The Shipping Cost

  • Select whether or not to Round the Shipping Cost Up or Down. By default, this is set to ‘do not round’.
  • Select the amount of rounding from the drop-down.

Free Shipping

  • Select the conditions that must be satisfied for Free Shipping to be activated.
  • Or, leave blank to exclude Free Shipping.

Free Shipping will only be available to products not set to exclude free shipping. To adjust product settings, click the Menu button, then select Products from the drop-down list.

Combine Per Product Custom Shipping Charges

  • Select how products with custom shipping charges will interact with the shipping costs calculated within this Shipping Method.
  • Enter a percentage Mark Up or Mark Down.

Combined Shipping Methods

  • Assign a Tag to the Shipping Method that will be used to combine shipping rates. To learn more about Combined Shipping Methods, click here.

Tags can only contain letters and numbers. We strongly recommend using the same tag for all similar Shipping Methods – e.g. ‘Ground’.

Save Your Settings

Click the Save button!

Great Job!

You just created a Custom Shipping Method!

What’s Next: Create A Live Rate Shipping Method

Updated on April 8, 2020

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