Shipping to and between Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the surrounding sovereign islands poses a unique challenge for shipping rate providers. While Shopify does a good job at breaking down UK postcode areas, they do not address more granular and commonly used outward codes. That’s what we’re here for!
In order to tame complex UK Shipping configurations, we’ve provided a mapping tool to visualize exactly where your current price restrictions apply. Any time you have a UK-specific restriction selected a globe icon will appear on the right of the input box. Click the globe icon to open the mapping tool.
Continue reading to learn more about how this tool helps you view and select rates!
To help define UK shipping areas intuitively, we provide two restrictions on Prices:
This restriction will allow you to define (or restrict) a price that applies to a broad geographic area of the UK such as BT for Northern Ireland or DG for Dumfries and Galloway.
Below is an example restriction that defines this price rule is only for the BT area:
Here is the same restriction viewed via our shipping area picker:
You can use this map to view and edit your postcode area list. Simply click the “Save Areas” button in the bottom-right to apply your changes!
With this restriction, you have more granular control over where the corresponding price applies by providing the postcode area, district, and subdistrict. This block of information in a UK postcode is more commonly referred to as the outward code - hence the name!
Below is an example restriction that includes several sections of the DG area:
Here is the same restriction viewed via our Outward Code picker:
You can use this map to view and edit your postcode outer code list. Simply click the “Save Outward Codes” button in the bottom-right to apply your changes!
We do our best to keep our documentation as relevant and up-to-date as possible. If you see a common UK shipping area not on this list, please let us know at email@example.com!