WooCommerce Shipping Guide – Shipping Zones

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You have already gone through the process of creating shipping zones and adding various shipping methods to them in our Quick Guide Basics article.

This article intends to cover and describe a few additional aspects that can help you with managing shipping zones on your online store.

Shipping Zones are specific geographical locations

WooCommerce allows to set up custom shipping zones based on your preferences. In simple terms, shipping zones are specific geographical locations that you preset to ship your products. You can further add different shipping methods and rates for each of the shipping zones that you create according to your sale strategy for that location.

By default, WooCommerce has a Shipping zone called ‘Rest of the World.’ If a product does not feature in any of the shipping zones you created, it’ll automatically fall into the ‘Rest of the World’ zone.

You can add a shipping method through a modal window that pops up which has three options for shipping methods. These are:

  • Flat Rate
  • Free Shipping
  • Local Pickup

You can choose to apply a bunch of shipping methods in each zone. The shipping methods you choose in a shipping zone will apply only to customer-addresses that are within that specific shipping zone. According to your requirements, you can create any number of zones and can set multiple shipping methods for each zone.

How to remove a shipping method from a shipping zone?

You can remove a shipping method from a shipping zone if you don’t want to apply that method anymore.

For this, you need to go to WooCommerce → Settings → Shippings

Click the shipping zone from which you want to remove the method.

Navigating to a specific shipping method
Navigating to a specific shipping method

A list of all the shipping methods already added under this shipping zone will be displayed.

Hover the cursor around the method you want to remove (in the below example Flat Rate) and click “Remove.”

Removing shipping methods under a shipping zone
Removing shipping methods under a shipping zone

How to set a default shipping method in the cart page for a specific zone

In the list of shipping methods for a specific shipping zone, the top one in the list will be the default shipping method.

To change the order you can click the ‘hamburger’ icon on the left of a shipping method and then ‘drag-and-drop.’

Changing the default shipping method for a zone
Changing the default shipping method for a zone

Now in the above example, Free shipping will be the default shipping method in the zone. This is visible on the cart as well.

Displaying default shipping method on cart
Displaying default shipping method on cart

How different shipping zones are displayed to customers from different regions?

Here is a simple example to show how default shipping methods can change according the zones which  your customer fall under.

In ‘My First Shipping Zone’, you can see the shipping zone is set as United States (US) with zip code 90001.

Shipping zone with zip code limit
Shipping zone with zip code limit

Now, if I click on ‘My First Shipping Zone’, I can see the list of shipping methods and their default order.

Default shipping order for the first zone
Default shipping order for the first zone

When your customer enters an address that is within this zone (that is zip code 90001), the default shipping method will be ‘Free Shipping,’ in accordance with what you have set in the back-end.

Displaying default shipping method according to the shipping zone
Displaying default shipping method according to the shipping zone

‘My Second Shipping Zone’ is limited to zip code 10001.

Setting the second shipping zone
Setting the second shipping zone

You can open the zone to see the list of shipping methods added under it.

Default shipping methods for the second zone
Default shipping methods for the second zone

When the customer enters an address and zip code that is within ‘My Second Shipping Zone,’ the display of shipping methods changes accordingly.

Shipping method display changing according to the customer's address
Shipping method display changing according to the customer address

You can read about Product Shipping Classes in the next article.

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