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I'd assume that flatrate shipping methods are configuration and thus can be managed via features - however they are just stored into the database and not managable like config at all.
Maybe we could just convert them to exportable entities from the entity api? This would take care of the right now manually implemented crud hooks and give as features support as well as a default hook (as asked for in other issues). Also, it would help with i18n integration.