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Classes in this topic are available in the Mediachase.Commerce.Orders.Dto namespace.

A shipping method manages information and rules that determine shipping cost and displays that information on the front-end site during checkout. The shipping cost is added to the total purchase price.

A shipping method is mapped to a Shipping Provider, visible to a back-end administrator in Commerce Manager. So, the public site can display friendly names (such as **Ground Shipping**), which are mapped to a provider, such as UPS. If a customer picks Ground Shipping, UPS is used.

  • To add a configuration tab for a shipping providers, create a new .ascx called ConfigureShippingMethod.ascx.

  • This .ascx uses the same inheritance and interface as the shipping provider.

  • The parameter settings for shipping methods are stored in the ShippingMethodParameter table.

  • See the ConsoleManager\\Apps\\Order\\Shipping\\Plugins\\ WeightJurisdiction\\ConfigureShippingMethod.ascx for an example of this.

See [Shipping gateways and providers](🔗) for information about creating gateways and providers.


This implementation uses AJAX to update the DTO, as the data occurs prior to the SaveChanges method being called.

## Add a shipping method parameters tab

You can store and retrieve information in the following ways.

  • **Use the ShippingMethodParameter table**

    The ShippingMethodParameter table lets you store name/value pairs for settings related to that shipping method.

  • **Use the WeightJurisdiction provider** You can store information in the format seen in the WeightJurisdiction provider, where each row of data represents the following, which is stored in the ShippingMethodCase table.

    • Total (representing the count or weight value)

    • Charge

    • JurisdictionGroupId

    • StartDate

    • EndDate for different shipping scenarios. 


## Access shipping information

The following example shows how to display shipping methods to users and the respective rates for each, based on the current cart.

To store information for a selected shipping method, use the LineItem properties. You do not need to create a shipment object, since the Cart Prepare workflow handles this.