Is there a pretty way to override table rates shipping method title for order confirmation email and order details page (customer account) based on shipping address country?

So far I see cloning an entire shipping method wich allowed countries restriction and using WebShopApps MatrixRate extension as alternatives but I'm not happy with those options.

3 Answers 3


You can do the same without a rewrite using an observer:


Then, in the observer:

public function salesQuoteCollectTotalsBefore(Varien_Event_Observer $observer)
    /** @var Mage_Sales_Model_Quote $quote */
    $quote = $observer->getQuote();

    $store = Mage::app()->getStore($quote->getStoreId());
    $store->setConfig('carriers/tablerate/name', 'Name By Country');
    $store->setConfig('carriers/tablerate/title', 'Method Title By Country');

Setting the config values dynamically without saving them is a cheap trick but it works pretty well.
The benefit of using an observer over a class rewrite is that it's less conflict prone.

  • :) nice trick. We can change anything related to carrier by the way. +1
    – mageUz
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 10:55

I guess I found a sort of solution by myself.

It would be making a custom module, overriding Mage_Sales_Model_Quote_Address and adding a new method getShippingDescription() there. This will make magic getShippingDescription() not so magic and the custom logic can be placed there based on $this->getCountry() or any other conditions.


Also try this one: In config.xml rewrite Mage_Shipping_Model_Rate_Result_Method class:


Create Method.php file in local/{{Some}}/{{Module}}/Model/Rate/Result and its methods will be:

class {{Some}}_{{Module}}_Model_Rate_Result_Method extends Mage_Shipping_Model_Rate_Result_Method
    public function getMethodTitle(){
         //your logic here
    public function getMethodDescription(){
         //your logic here

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