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Configuration: Shipping Methods - Flat Rate

System > Configuration > Sales > Shipping Methods - Flat Rate

Overview

The Flat Rate configuration section is used to enable and configure flat rate shipping. This shipping option has a standard fixed rate per item or per order, regardless of order size or weight.

For step-by-step instructions, see Setting Up Flat Rate Shipping.

Setting the Configuration Scope

Before you continue, make sure to set the correct configuration scope, if necessary. The field descriptions in the tables below identify the scope level for each setting. For more information, see: Understanding Store Scope.

Field Descriptions

Options Scope Description
Enable Website Enables/disables the flat rate shipping method.
Title Store View The title of this shipping option as it appears in the shopping cart checkout.
Method Name Store View Describes the shipping rate calculation method for flat rate shipping. This appears in the shopping cart checkout page along with the title and rate.
Type Website Sets the price calculation method for flat rate shipping.
  • None - Disables payment type, essentially turning this shipping option into free shipping.
  • Per Item - Applies the shipping rate to each item in the shopping cart.
  • Per Order - Applies the shipping rate to each shopping cart order.
Price Website Sets the flat rate shipping price.
Calculate Handling Fee Website Sets the handling fee calculation method for flat rate shipping.
  • Fixed - Handling fee is a fixed rate.
  • Percent - Handling fee is applied as a percentage of the order amount.
Handling Fee Website

Sets the handling that is included with the shipping rate price. Handling fee can be set as a fixed amount or a percentage.

Note: If typing a percentage amount, use the decimal format 0.25 for 25%.

Displayed Error Message Store View The error message that is displayed when this shipping method is unavailable for any reason.
Ship to Applicable Countries Website

Specifies which country customers are allowed to use this shipping method.

All Allowed Countries - All allowed countries are applicable to use the flat rate shipping option. The Allowed Countries are specified in the General configuration page.

Specific Countries - Limits this shipping option to the countries specified in the Ship to Specific Countries list.

Ship to Specific Countries Website Specifies the countries that are applicable to use the flat rate shipping option. This selected countries list is used if Specific Countries is selected in the Ship to Applicable Countries option.
Sort Order Website

Sets the sort order value for the flat rate shipping option. This value, relative to other shipping methods, determines the displayed order of shipping options in checkout.

Shipping methods are displayed in ascending order based on sort order value.