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Product Shipping Classes

Shipping classes can be used to group products of similar type and used by some shipping methods, such as Flat Rate Shipping, to provide different rates to different classes of product.

For example, with shipping classes and Flat Rate Shipping, it’s possible to create different flat rate costs for different product types, like bulky items and small items.

Shipping classes are used to group products – they are not used directly to offer shipping rates to customers. To set up shipping rates, configure Shipping Zones, and then add your shipping class costs to a shipping method, like Flat Rate.

Add Shipping Classes

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  • Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Classes.
  • Click the Add shipping class button.
  • You will find a form with three fields:
    • Shipping Class — This is the name of the shipping class (e.g., Heavy)
    • Slug — This is the unique identifier. It can be left blank and auto-generated, or you can enter one (e.g., heavy-packages).
    • Description — This is a short description to clarify what this shipping class is used for (e.g., For heavy items requiring higher postage).
  • Click Create to finish.

Edit and Delete Shipping Classes

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  • Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Classes.
  • Find the Edit and Delete buttons on the right side of the shipping classes.
  • Click the Delete button to eliminate the shipping class.
  • Click the Edit button to open the Add shipping class form and revise the name, slug, or descriptions. Click the Save button to finish.

Assign shipping classes to products

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To apply these rates to a specific class of products (e.g., bulky or heavy items), you need to assign them.

1/ Go to: WooCommerce > Products.

2/ Select the product, and Edit.


3/ Go to Shipping, and select the Shipping Class from the dropdown.

WooCommerce Shipping Classes - Product Shipping Class
Simple Product – Shipping Class
WooCommerce Shipping Classes - Product Variations Shipping Class
Variable Product – Shipping Classes

Each product can have one shipping class.

4/ Update the product to save changes.

Bulk-Edit Shipping Classes

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To bulk-edit shipping classes:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products.
  2. Select the products you want to edit by ticking boxes on the left-hand side.
    WooCommerce Shipping Classes - Bulk Product Edit
  3. Select Edit from the Bulk Actions dropdown, then Apply. A new screen appears.
  4. Select a shipping class from the dropdown.
    WooCommerce Shipping Classes - Bulk Shipping Class Edit
  5. Update to save changes.


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