WooCommerce FedEx Shipping – Pay base location tax while shipping from a different country

In this guide, we are going to show you how you can pay the base location tax while shipping from a different country via FedEx. We will specifically look into WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin and see how it can help you manage business remotely.

WooCommerce base location is the deciding factor for your shipping rates and tax calculations. This influence Woocommerce shipping solutions as well. Recently, we received a query at our support desk from an anxious customer. Benjamin’s business is set up in Texas (USA), while he was shipping from a warehouse located in the Netherlands. He was worried that his tax calculations were done incorrectly.

As your first thoughts pointed out, he couldn’t simply change the base location and resolve this. Changing the Base Location means his tax calculations for Texas would go awry. On the other hand, if he does not change the base country (where his business is set up) to the warehouse country, the plugin wouldn’t display accurate FedEx shipping rates at checkout.

WooCommerce base location determines FedEx Shipping rates

Benjamin is using WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin. PluginHive solutions generally use the WooCommerce base location field as the shipper country too.  So yes, both the tax and shipping rates are calculated using the base location (which is Texas, Uthe SA in this case).

Thus, he cannot, simultaneously, manage to ship from his warehouse and handle tax calculations from the business’ base location (USA) at the same time.

base location
WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin with a simple solution!

Often the most complex of problems has the simplest of solutions!
The latest version of our plugin (2.9.3) has been introduced with “Shipper Country Code” field to deal with this.

shipping country code

This simple field has eased out Benjamin’s problem!

He can now set his business country as United States  (WooCommerce Base Location – Texas) so that all his tax calculations are as per the applicable laws of Texas. At the same time, he can define a separate location for his warehouse in The Netherlands. So, for a shipment intended for destination “California City”, shipping is calculated as:

Warehouse location (Origin location): Netherlands
Destination location: California City

This gives him tremendous operational efficiency to manage to ship from his warehouse remotely! The complete process has been explained via an infographic below :

how shipping works

We hope this guide would have given you essential insights. You could check out the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin to know more about the value-added features you get along with it.

If you need help setting up WooCommerce Shipping on your online store then feel free to Contact PluginHive Customer Support. Our support team should be able to help you out.

Happy selling!

Last Updated On May 29, 2019