On August 5, 2014, Google introduced a new set of tools that can help merchants provide more accurate shipping prices for orders. The new shipping configuration tool features:
Comprehensive account-level settings: Account-level settings now include more comprehensive shipping configurations. Most merchants can express their shipping models at the account-level.
Four shipping models: Express your shipping rates in 4 different models. You can base your account-level settings on factors like ‘weight,’ ‘price,’ or ‘shipping label,’ or you can base it on shipping destinations like state, city, or postal code. Once you’ve established a shipping model, you can store it in a shared library and easily reuse the information across various custom configurations.
Display the lowest rates to users: If you provide multiple shipping methods for the same country, Google will calculate the lowest rate for a product and display that price to users. You will no longer need to set a default shipping method since Google will guarantee the lowest rate will be shown.
No change to tax settings: Please note that there are no changes to the tax configuration settings except that Google has split the tax and shipping settings into two separate tabs in the Merchant Center.
New attributes and sub-attributes: A new “shipping label” can be used to segment products into different shipping rule configurations. Also available are new sub-attributes for tax and shipping that allow you to specify locations where additional shipping or tax rates may apply. Click here to learn more about the new shipping attributes.