Restrict WooCommerce Shipping by State for Products like Ammunition and Alcohol

With this article, we’ll tell you how to restrict WooCommerce shipping by state for special/restricted products like Ammunition and Alcohol. We’ll also show you a few tricks to set up the desired WooCommerce shipping rates based on various parameters.

Using the WooCommerce UPS Shipping Plugin for Ammunition delivery

The WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin is a something you call a complete UPS shipping solution for users with a WooCommerce store. It lets you display live UPS shipping rates on the Cart/Checkout page, print labels and share live tracking updates with your customers.

While shipping there will be some cases where you need to restrict your shipping based on the rules and regulation of a particular area. While handling WooCommerce shipments, and using a shipping solution, a WooCommerce store owner must be well prepared for such scenarios.

According to James, a WooCommerce store owner, “We sell ammunition, and the thing with ammunition is that you can’t ship to certain states. Is there a way to limit which states it will ship to. The shipping zones feature in WooCommerce appears to be ignored. Any suggestions on how to create these limitations would be appreciated. Thanks

Let’s see how to achieve James’s business case using the Hide Shipping Methods based on Shipping Class and Zone plugin and the WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin. As the name suggests, this plugin lets you control WooCommerce shipping using two parameter, i.e, Shipping Class and Shipping Zone.

How to Restrict WooCommerce Shipping by State using Shipping Zones?

Based on James’s query, no shipping method should be available whenever a customer is tries to purchase an ammunition product from the states where ammunition shipping isn’t allowed. But whenever a customer buys from a valid/approved location, the shipping methods should be available in the cart page.

As a first step, James needs to create a WooCommerce Shipping Zone named Restricted, containing all the states where the ammunition shipping is not allowed. This way he can club all the restricted states together and he can go on with the configuration. This can be easily done under the Shipping zone option provided by the WooCommerce settings page.

Inspect value

Next, he has to get the Value ID by inspecting the shipping method as shown in the image below. As you can see, the Value ID of the shipping service, UPS Ground, is ‘wf_shipping_ups:03’ and James has to copy and paste this value under the Shipping Method option shown below.

hide shipping methods based on shipping zones

How to Restrict WooCommerce Shipping Methods using Shipping Classes?

One of the best ways to categorize and restrict shipping methods based on product is with the help of WooCommerce Shipping Class. The Shipping classes help you to basically categorize products based on its shipping preferences.

hide shipping methods based on shipping class

In this case, James can create a shipping class, say, Ammunition and then assign it under the Shipping class option in the Addon setting. After that, he can restrict shipping for any shipping method based on the desired shipping class.

With the help of this Addon, James can easily hide all the UPS shipping methods whenever a customer trys to buy ammunition from the Restricted shipping zone or state. Have a look at this video and check out the complete process in real-time.

Limiting WooCommerce Shipping Methods Based on Various Conditions

In a similar way, you too can restrict WooCommerce shipping methods based on various conditions like  Shipping class, Shipping zone, Product category, etc., But this requires an additional WooCommerce conditional shipping plugin that allow users to exercise table rate shipping.

Precisely Hide WooCommerce Shipping Methods

As mentioned before, you need a WooCommerce Conditional Shipping plugin if you would like to control your shipping methods even more precisely. So let’s say, you want to hide a certain shipping method over the cart value of $20. In that case, you need to select the shipping methods and then define the upper cart limit as $20.

You can learn more about such WooCommerce conditional shipping scenarios and how to hide WooCommerce Shipping methods. And here’s an article on shipping alcohol products from WooCommerce if you would like to know more about it.

Conclusion

This article covers a very interesting WooCommerce shipping scenario that involves ammunition shipping. Since shipping ammunition products is not allowed in certain states of the U.S, it becomes all the way important to prepare your online store that obliges to the rules and regulations.

With the help of this article, you can configure WooCommerce UPS Shipping plugin in such a way that it won’t allow shipping to some states only when there is ammunition in your order.

If you need any help with shipping or need help with the article, feel free to Contact PluginHive Customer Support. Our support team would definitely help you out.

Good luck! 🙂

Last Updated On January 27, 2020