A zone is a grouping of one or more countries that you wish to provide shipping rates for.
You are free to select specific countries for a zone and you are also able to create zones made up of any countries not already assigned to a zone. This flexible approach means that most store owners can very quickly specify the broad areas that they ship to.
For example, if you ship globally from Australia you may wish to have two sets of shipping rates - one for domestic customers and one for international customers.
In this scenario, you would create two zones, one that has a single country (Australia) and another that is assigned to 'Rest of the World' (every other country aside from Australia).
With these zones established you are then free to set up Ranges and Rates within each.
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