How to approach "manual" shipping cost calculation for very large items?

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Hi there,

 

I have a client who sells a product that weighs 1 tonne and therefore they cannot just calculated a fixed price. We would need to talk to our freight company and manually give the customer a customised quote for their shipping cost. How is this normally done? Does the customer place the order and we charge them the shipping after? Or do we negotiate a shipping cost before they place it? Are there any shipping plugins that cater to this? 

 

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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