How to Set Up Continental US Shipping Rules for Zen Cart

By Melanie Prough on Saturday, June 27, 2009
Filed Under: Zen Cart Tutorials

Many shop owners who ship to the US have additional expenses to ship to non-continental US areas… Like Hawaii & Alaska for example. Your Zen Cart has extremely robust shipping ability and can handle this no problem. The tutorial below will show you how to setup zone for Continental US and NON-Continental US shipping… Plus a quick added trick to speed the process for you as well.

Creating a Zone in Zen Cart 1.3.X

1. Login in to your Zen Cart admin section and Zone Definitions, under the top Locations / Taxes menu.


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2.  Click the insert button shown in arrow 2. Name the zone “Non-Continental US” for example and provide a short description as well. Click insert to save it.

3. Now you have a zone listed as you named it. Click it one time to select it, then click the details button shown in arrow 3.

4. In the zone details screen you will click the insert button on your right.

5. In the top drop down select United States.

6. In the lower drop down select Alaska.

7. Repeat steps 4 & 5, then in 6 instead select Hawaii.

8. Now that your zone is created you can create other zones to use in your payment, shipping and tax modules the same way… Including continental US.

I can imagine you have already thought about the chore of  selecting the other 48 states in this manner will be dreadful… We I have a quick fix for you!

Just download this handy SQL patch to insert the Continental and NON-Continental Zones in for you all set and ready to go. PLEASE backup your database before using this patch.

File download is rar compressed and includes instructions… Get it HERE

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2 Responses to “How to Set Up Continental US Shipping Rules for Zen Cart”

  1.  FAQ & Tutorials » How do I Set Up Continental US Shipping Zones – Zen Cart? Says:

    […] a great tutorial and SQL patch to define Continental and Non-Continental US zones in your Zen Cart 1.3.X. Once zones are defined they are used for shipping, payment and tax modules quickly and […]

  2.  chris Says:

    Thanks, this looks like it’ll be perfect for us. Testing is great so far.

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