Is it possible to disable shipping method from getting executed in the cart page. We only want it to call it in the checkout process.

  • Please clarify what you mean by "executed in the cart page". May 12, 2016 at 5:54
  • While in the cart page the CollectRates method of the Shipping method is called and rate is calculated. I want to stop this and only want to call the shipping method while checking out. I'm currently looking at the Mage_Checkout_CartController page but not sure from where the shipping method is getting called. May 12, 2016 at 6:01
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    Have a look at the logic taking place within Mage_Checkout_Model_Cart::save(). However, even if you address your issue by doing a rewrite and preventing it from saving, I have a feeling that there are several other places where this takes place as well. May 12, 2016 at 6:16
  • you don't want Estimate Shipping and Tax calculation on cart page? May 12, 2016 at 7:21

2 Answers 2


This should work for you. First, create an observer:


Here is the observer function:

public function preventSaving(Varien_Event_Observer $observer)
    $cart = $observer->getEvent()->getCart();
    if($cart instanceof Mage_Checkout_Model_Cart){
        $quote = $cart->getQuote();
    return $this;
  • @nikhil did my answer work for you? if so, please accept, its been a while. thanks Aug 12, 2016 at 14:19

I am not 100% sure I understand the question. I assume you want to remove the shipping calculations block from the cart page.

Open the file local.xml in your theme, and find the tag

<checkout_cart_index translate="label">

And remove the block checkout.cart.shipping via <remove name="left"/>

<checkout_cart_index translate="label">
   <remove name="checkout.cart.shipping"/>


If you are using the checkout.xml directly in your theme then comment/remove the below line

<block type="checkout/cart_shipping" name="checkout.cart.shipping" as="shipping" template="checkout/cart/shipping.phtml"/>

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