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WooCommerce Flat Rate Box Shipping or Flat Rate Box Shipping makes it possible for you to create shipping rules for boxes.
Boxes have a fixed size, and items are packed volumetrically. You can define multiple rates based on the package destination, have multiple box sizes per zone, and add costs based on the box, box weight and box content cost.
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How WooCommerce Flat Rate Box Works
When a customer checks out with items in their basket, the plugin reviews the destination of items, matches this to a zone, and then uses the rates in that zone for the calculation. Each destination and rate can have its own box sizes and multiple sets of box sizes, based on your shipping requirements. Items are packed into boxes to get a rate.
To calculate the shipping correctly, you need to create your Shipping Zones and box size rates. The plugin does all the calculations for you.
The box packer included with this shipping method lets you group items into packages for which you define height, width, length, weight and max-weight. Packing is mainly volume-based but also considers item sizes too
Setting up Flat Rate Box Shipping requires some thought and planning on your part. Before getting started with the plugin, you need to:
- Determine your shipping zones
- Find out the dimensions of the box sizes you want to offer
- Ensure your products have dimensions set.
Setting up Shipping Zones
A Shipping Zone is a geographic region where a certain set of shipping methods and rates apply. You can add different tables of rates to each zone to charge different customers different amounts.
From WooCommerce 2.6 onwards, zones are part of the core. Please see Setting Up Shipping Zones. If you’re still using a version of WooCommerce lower than 2.6, the old zones (“legacy”) interface is covered at the end of this guide.
Add Flat Rate Boxes method to a zone
To use Flat Rate Box Shipping, it must be added to a Shipping Zone.
1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping.
2. Select the name of the Shipping Zone you wish to add rates for.