Flat rate is a fixed, predefined charge that can be applied per item, or per shipment. Flat rate is
a simple solution, especially when used with the flat-rate packaging that is available from some
To set up flat rate shipping:
1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. In the panel on the left under Sales,
select Shipping Methods.
2. Click to expand the Flat Rate section. Then, do the following:
a. Set Enabled to “Yes.”
Flat Rate appears as an option in the Estimate Shipping and Tax section of the shopping
cart, and also in the Shipping section during checkout.
b. Enter a descriptive Title for this shipping method. The default is “Flat Rate.”
c. Enter a Method Name that appears next to the calculated rate in the shopping cart. The
default method name is “Fixed.” If you charge a handling fee, you can change the Method
Name to “Plus Handling” or something else that is suitable.
d. To describe how flat rate shipping can be used, set Type to one of the following:
None – Disables the payment type. The Flat Rate option is listed in
the cart, but with a rate of zero—which is the same as free
Per Order – Charges a single flat rate for the entire order.
Per Item – Charges a single flat rate for each item. The rate is
multiplied by the number of items in the cart, regardless of
whether there are multiple quantities of the same, or of
e. Enter the Price to be charged for the flat rate fee.
f. If charging a handling fee, set Calculate Handling Fee to one of the following:
Then, enter the Handling Fee rate according to the method used to calculate the fee. For
example, if the fee is calculating based on a percentage, enter 0.06 for 6 percent. If using a
fixed amount calculation, enter the fee as a decimal.
g. In the Displayed Error Message box, type the message that appears if this method
h. Set Ship to Applicable Countries to one of the following:
All Allowed Countries Customers from all countries specified in your store
configuration can use this shipping method.
Specific Countries After choosing this option, the Ship to Specific Countries list
appears. Select each country in the list where this shipping
method can be used.
i. Enter a Sort Order number to determine the position of Flat Rate in the list of shipping
methods during checkout. (0 = first, 1 = second, 2 = third, and so on.)
3. When complete, click the Save Config button.