When you create a new Snipcart account, shipping is disabled by default. Merchants selling only digital goods won't need it enabled.
To enable shipping, use the toggle under Store configurations → Shipping in the merchant dashboard.
Custom shipping methods
Custom shipping methods let you create pre-defined shipping methods and rates for your store. You can configure shipping methods by location, delivery time, & weight.
Under Custom shipping → Custom shipping methods, toggle "ON" and hit "Configure".
Then, hitting "Create shipping method" will display a matrix you can use to define your shipping method.
Name & delivery time
- Name (e.g. "Express delivery")
- Guaranteed days for delivery (e.g. "2")
- For order total above (e.g. "100.00")
The last two fields are optional and can be left blank.
To define where this shipping method is available, toggle "ON". To offer it worldwide, leave it to "OFF".
Only customers with addresses in the defined region will be able to choose this shipping method.
Please note: if you'd like to only use location as a determining factor for your shipping method's cost, just create a single rate with empty weight fields.
You can define multiple rates per shipping method, defined by different weight ranges.
Make sure to define your product weight using the
In the example below, if the order total weight is less than 1000g then the shipping would cost 10.00$. If the weight was between 1000g and 2000g, it would then cost 20.00$. And for orders over 2000g, it would cost 30.00$.
If you don't need to offer shipping costs based on order content, you can simply leave the
To fields empty and enter the shipping cost.
Configured custom shipping methods matching customer shipping address and order cart content will be offered to your customers during checkout.
If you need 100% control of how shipping costs are calculated, webhooks are the way to go. They also are a good option if you need to integrate with a third-party we don't support; like Shipstation, for instance.
You'll find more information about how to work with webhooks in this entry.
Integrated shipping providers
We also built integrations with established shipping providers. For now, the ones supported are:
- Canada Post
- Australia Post
These integrations are directly connected with each shipping provider's APIs, meaning that your customers get accurate shipping estimates right from the source.
For each shipping provider, you need to obtain API credentials and configure them in the merchant dashboard. We suggest contacting the shipping provider directly for any assistance in getting these credentials.
Note that it's required to define the weight of your products with
data-item-weight for these integrations to work.