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How To Format Postal Codes For Intuitive Shipping

With Intuitive Shipping, you can set Conditions in your Shipping Scenarios based on postal codes and ZIP codes. And, for greater control over your location-based rates, you can create shipping Subzones based on postal codes.

When setting up postal codes and ZIP codes in Intuitive Shipping, it is important make sure they are formatted correctly.

Non-UK Postal Codes/ ZIP Codes

For Non-UK postal codes and ZIP Codes, you can use abbreviated versions of the postal codes to cover ranges. For example, if you enter ‘100’, this will cover codes from 10,000 to 10,099.

You can separate abbreviated postal/ ZIP codes by commas to cover even greater ranges. For example, if you enter ‘100, 110, 115’, this will cover postal codes from 10,000 to 10,099, 11,000 to 11,099 and 11,500 to 11,599.

For greater accuracy, you use a colon to call out a more specific range of postal codes. For example, 11015:11025.

To maximize control over your postal code groups, you can combine abbreviated ranges with ranges separated by colons. For example, if you enter ‘100, 11000:11123, 115’, this will cover postal codes from 10,000 to 10,099, 11,000 to 11,123, and 11,500 to 11,599.

These rules can be applied to alpha-numeric postal codes as well, such as Canadian postal codes. For example, if you enter ‘L2J’, it would cover postal codes from L2J 0A0 to L2J 9Z9.

UK Postal Codes

When using UK postcodes, you must input the full format of the postal code – e.g. AB10AA:AB99ZZ.

Things To Watch For

Typos in postal code formatting can cause an error that results in the Condition being ignored when rates are being calculated. Here are some examples of typos to watch for and avoid.

  • Adding an extra comma – e.g. ‘100, 110, 115,’ (note the extra comma after ‘115’). There should be no commas or extra characters at the beginning or end of the string.
  • Leaving space between the colons – e.g. ‘11000 : 11123’. There should be no spaces between the postal codes and the colon.
Updated on May 20, 2020

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