Our store has a fixed handling rate of 5ZAR for any product. Obviously, this is not needed for downloadable products. Where can I disable the flat rate, as set up under System->Configuration->Sales->Shipping Modules, for downloadable products?

I have now searched EVERYWHERE and can not find an answer.

  • can you please tell your curretn cart have a simple and a dowload product then what will the happen
    – Amit Bera
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 11:33
  • The fixed handling rate remains at 5ZAR.
    – Bird87 ZA
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 11:34
  • that means when cart only have download product that time 5ZAR will be remove?
    – Amit Bera
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 11:37
  • Yes, when the cart only has a downloadable product, 5ZAR should not be applied.
    – Bird87 ZA
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 11:43
  • can please show the model class code of shipping module
    – Amit Bera
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 11:53

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As per as magento system collectRates() function of a shipping module model class has been responsible for shipping activation and deactivation at checkout.

I guss that You shipping class is YourCompany_NewModule_Model_Carrier_ShippingMethod of your module then

On collectRates(),you can check current quote/cart have only downloable product then basic of logic inactive the method

  public function collectRates(Mage_Shipping_Model_Rate_Request $request)

        $hasOnlyDownloadproduct = 0;
        if ($request->getAllItems()) {
            foreach ($request->getAllItems() as $item) {
        // reomve the Shippin method
        if($toltalItem>0 && $noofdonloadPro>0):
            // If totaly item at cart and  no of download has same then disable the shipping methoo;
                 return false;

       return $result;

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