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How to Enable USPS International Flat Rate Shipping on WooCommerce

This article explains the step by step process to enable USPS International Flat Rate Shipping on WooCommerce. We will be using the ELEX WooCommerce USPS Shipping Plugin with Print Label to integrate and configure USPS Shipping on WooCommerce.

Introduction:

USPS International Flat Rate Shipping is extremely beneficial to WooCommerce owners. This holds especially true for those businesses that operate in Northern America. Flat Rate shipping boxes and envelopes offered by USPS can help reduce shipping costs significantly. Moreover, USPS flat rate shipping comes under Priority Mail, meaning your packages will usually get to your customers in two to three days. Additionally, the USPS shipping boxes and envelopes are free of cost. Meaning you can simply start shipping once you receive your shipping box/envelope.

To make use of these benefits, we will first integrate USPS shipping methods and services into WooCommerce.

ELEX WooCommerce USPS Shipping Plugin:

The ELEX WooCommerce USPS Shipping Plugin with Print Label is a seamless solution for integrating USPS into WooCommerce. Apart from printing USPS Shipping Labels, the plugin can also help in

  • Access domestic & international real-time rates from USPS
  • Generate Order Summary/Manifest.
  • Track shipments.
  • Pack items into custom boxes.
  • Generate International Shipping documents.
  • Ensure packages with Insurance option.
  • Specify Commercial or Residential address type.
  • Generate bulk shipment.
  • Offer discounts or add a markup on shipping rates, with Price adjustments.
  • Configure specific shipping services, for example, USPS International Shipping Flat Rate Boxes
  • Show the estimated delivery time, and much more!

Integrating WooCommerce USPS Shipping:

Follow these steps to integrate USPS shipping products and services into WooCommerce,

Step 1: Connect to USPS

First, install and activate the plugin. Once it is done the plugin settings can be accessed from WooCommerce>Settings>Shipping>USPS 

From the General Settings tab,  we can enable or disable Real-time rates. Once enabled, based on the origin zip code and the destination zip code, the plugin fetches live shipping rates from the USPS servers and you can display them to your customers. 

In the common API settings, paste the USPS account user ID, origin zip code for the calculation of rates.

Choose the integration mode. If you want to test the service set it Test and when you’re ready you can switch to the Live mode anytime you wish. Moreover, the plugin also comes with a debug mode as well, though it’s not recommended to run it on a Live website.

Step 2: Configure Price

In the Rates & Services tab, first, choose a method title. By default, it is set to USPS. Using this field you can set a custom method title that you can show to your customers. 

You can also select the countries that you wish to offer these shipping options to. Moreover, you can also enable or disable Live Rates and even how they are calculated. You can choose between Click-N-Ship rates or Offline Rates. 

Using the Rates API Settings, you can configure the rates type (Commercial or Domestic) and a fall back rate as well.

Step 3: Configure Packing

The USPS Shipping plugin offers a ton of customization when it comes to packaging your products for shipment. Moreover, under the Packaging Tab, you can configure how the products in an order can be packaged. 

By default, it is set to package each item in the order in its own box. But, you can configure it to package items based on the weight and dimensions. Or pack based on weight, with packages whose size is less than 12 inches are grouped together. 

Or you can use the improved weight-based system that lets you set the max weight of the box and whether heavier items are packed first or lighter ones. You can even configure the plugin to handle unpackageable items.

Step 4: Configure Tracking

In the Tracking settings tab, the plugin lets you configure USPS tracking on your WooCommerce site. You can enable or disable shipment tracking for customers. Additionally, by setting the Mode to enter Tracking ID  to automatic, shipping labels generated from the plugin have the tracking ID automatically filled in. 

You can even use set a custom shipment message to be sent to your customers. Additionally, using the text place holders, you can craft the perfect shipment message to increase user engagement and brand awareness. Moreover, the message will contain the date it was shipped on, the service that was used as well as the tracking ID of the package. Once the tracking settings are enabled, you can see these customized settings appear on the order tracking page.

USPS Live Tracking || USPS live tracking

The order will contain the transit data and will get updated when there is a change in the status.

USPS tracking || USPS package tracking

Step 5: Configure Shipping Label Printing

You can find the settings related to printing USPS Shipping labels under the Label Generation tab. Here you can choose to enable USPS shipping label generation from WooCommerce itself and select a default shipping method USPS Shipping Labels

You can also choose the format the generated shipping plugin will be generated in, and the size as well.

Moreover, the plugin offers separate address fields to give a Sender Address that goes on the generated shipping label.

What’s more, the plugin offers a Customs Declaration field that you can use to declare the product for international shipping. You can even choose to include extra services from the Label Generation tab. These services include USPS Shipping Insurance, Signature Confirmation, Certified Mail service and more. After configuration, you can print USPS shipping labels and pay for postage as well (if configured to Live mode) 

What’s more, the plugin is USPS approved and as mentioned earlier, can be used to print out even eVS international and domestic shipments.

Step 7: Configure USPS International Flat Rate Shipping

USPS international flat rate shipping is one of the most cost-efficient shipping options available to online retailers. USPS charges a flat amount to ship goods under 7lbs using one of the many USPS flat rate boxes. Moreover, USPS Flat Rate boxes cost the same irrespective of the item being shipped and where it’s being shipped from. 

Moreover, USPS ships the packaging boxes to your location for free. Additionally, configuring USPS International flat rate shipping lets you forget about calculating shipping costs based on weight and destination.

You can find USPS flat rate settings under the Rates & Services tab. 

The plugin lets choose from a slew of options regarding enabling or disabling Boxes & envelopes. Additionally, you can pick and choose what Flat Rate box is used with the Flat Rate Boxes field. 

Moreover, you can even set custom titles for Express and Priority Flat Rate Service as well. You can adjust the price of the flat rate service using the Flat Rate Fee field. Moreover, you can even set the plugin to show either all returned rates or just the cheapest one.

Conclusion:

This is how you can enable and generate USPS shipping labels from WooCommerce. The ELEX WooCommerce USPS Shipping Plugin with Print Label is the perfect tool to integrate shipping methods and options into WooCommerce. You can find more information about the plugin and a breakdown of its features here. To download and test the plugin out for free, you can visit this page.

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