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What are carrier-calculated shipping rates?

Third-party carrier-calculated shipping rates

You need to have the carrier-calculated shipping feature on your store's Shopify subscription plan to connect your own shipping carrier accounts and fulfillment services such as viaGlamour to Shopify. This feature is included in the Advanced Shopify and Shopify Plus plans, and can be added to any plan for a monthly fee. However, if you're on the Shopify plan or below, and you switch from monthly to yearly billing, you can ask to get the third-party calculated shipping rates feature added for free. For more information, contact Shopify Support.

Carrier-calculated shipping rates often display expected transit time next to the shipping rate at checkout.

Checkout differences with carrier-calculated rates

With carrier-calculated shipping rates enabled on your Shopify store, customers will be shown all of the available shipping options for their package using the information viaGlamour fetches from carriers like USPS, UPS, APC, and others. The shipping rate selected by your customer will be used by viaGlamour when fulfilling your order, and the amount your account is invoiced for shipping costs will match the exact amount your customer paid for shipping.

Previewing shipping costs with viaGlamour

A default shipping profile will be used on your account if you don't have carrier-calculated rates enabled. Customers will be shown close approximations of the shipping methods, prices, and delivery times available for their order based on their location. When viaGlamour invoices your account for shipping it may be slightly higher or slightly lower than the rate selected by your customer. Your customer would be seeing flat-rate shipping costs but your account would be charged the carrier-calculated rate of shipping the customer order.

Learn more about calculated-rates on Shopify. Learn more.

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