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Shipping Insurance

When a product leaves your business and is loaded onto a mail truck, what happens next is out of your hands—but in many cases, customers still hold you liable for ensuring that their package arrives safely.

Fortunately, shipping insurance is available to fill this coverage gap and protect you when something goes wrong.

What's Covered

This form of insurance will reimburse you if a package is stolen, lost, or damaged on the way to its destination. For anyone looking to send a package, the two major considerations are as follows:

  • Is it already protected? Many packages are already insured by shipping companies—often automatically. However, coverage is not universal and depends both on who carries the package and what type of mail it is. In particular, shippers should familiarize themselves with the regulations of the USPS, whether or not they plan to use it—both FedEx and UPS frequently utilize the Last Mile service, and knowing who is responsible for the package helps ensure that it's fully covered at all times.
  • How much is it worth? Most forms of shipping insurance have a relatively low cap on what they'll pay out (typically several thousand dollars, sometimes as low as one hundred). If you're sending items worth more than the cap, you may still suffer a loss if something happens to the package, and will want to purchase additional coverage. If you do not properly declare the value of the package when it's being sent, you'll be liable for any losses beyond the standard limit.

Domestic Shipping Insurance

Domestic coverage for shipping is often available for as low as a few dollars per-parcel. If you're planning to ship anything that goes above and beyond the protection that carriers normally provide, talk to a Ludwig & Fawcett, Inc. agents about how many packages you'll be shipping, and they'll work with you to find a rate that matches what you're doing.

International Shipping Insurance

Shipments being mailed internationally are often more expensive to insure, especially if they'll be passing through the hands of a local carrier with a poor reputation. Since fees can vary so widely, based on a combination of factors, it's usually best to get a quote well before you send the package. Tools like the USPS International Price Calculator can be used to get a quick estimate of postage and basic insurance coverage for any given package.

 

1. "Last Mile Service." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.usps.com/lastmile/.

2. "International Price Calculator." Accessed April 14, 2016. https://ircalc.usps.com/.

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Testimonials

Very professional staff, and knowledgeable. I can rely on them for any questions regarding auto insurance and or renters insurance. Kelly and the other staff members are great at responding back to you. I am a long time customer and don't plan on leaving. I like there services and I don't feel like I'm talking to robot or some agent who doesn't care. I would definitely recommend them ask for Kelly, Maria, or Dave....all great at what they do!!!!

Ariel P. from San Jose, CA
I have been with this company for 10+ Years and have referred tons of friends, family and clients! They are the best! They always follow up to make sure that you have the best coverage that works for you. They are truly on your side!

Erika O. from Vallejo, CA
Every person needs three people in life: a great doctor, a great lawyer and a great Insurance Agent. Ludwig and Fawcett are by far the greatest insurer I have ever had. I met Dave Fawcett through a friend over 15 years ago and they will have my business as long as they here. The entire staff exhibits the highest level of personalized and professional service, always and without fail. They hold embody the nearly lost value of treating their clients like friends and family.

Tushar M. from Santa Fe, NM