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Looking up Freight Rates- Thursday, September 20, 2012

Most common carriers don't handle packages that weigh more than 150lbs.  Or, if they do, they have special freight rates.  Usually, you get the best rate by negotiating with an LTL trucking service.  Unfortunately, most don't have an API that can be called from an eCommerce system, and if they do, nopCommerce does not have any out-of-the-box.   (Also, Freight Rates can be a little tricky, because they sometimes require a Freight Class, but we won't go into that here)

In a previous blog, I showed how Shipping Director can deal with Freight scenarios by using your own rate lookup tables .  Here's another way that has a carrier's freight rates entered using the Shipping.ByWeight plugin, and then use Shipping Director to handle using Fedex plugin if weight is <= 150 lbs, or use ByWeight plugin to get freight rate if weight is > 150 lbs

Type

Name

Expression

Rate Expression

Surcharge Expression

Decimal

Freight Fuel Surcharge %

30.7

 

 

OptionExit

FedEx

[$TotalWeight] <= 150

Shipping.Fedex

 

String

State

ShippingAddress.StateProvince.Abbreviation

 

 

ErrorExit

No Freight State

"AK,HI,ID,MT,NM,ND,SD,TX,WY".Contains([State])

 

 

Option

Freight

true

Shipping.ByWeight

[$Rate] * ([Freight Fuel Surcharge %] / 100.0)



The freight rates don't change that often, but Fuel Surcharge % does, so it can be easily adjusted.
Also, you can prevent customers from shipping freight to the states that your carrier does not handle - Use the Decription Expression to show them a friendly message.


Tags :  Freight
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