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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 Flathead Insurance 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/.

Our Locations

Kalispell Location

2330 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901
Main office: 406-413-9786

Bigfork Location

435 Grand Drive
Bigfork, MT 59911
Main office: 406-413-9765

Our Providers

Amazing amazing AMAZING! "This is for contractors liability insurance" My insurance agent (10 years) retired last year. I had challenges with the new (owner) agent & had to wait until my policy was coming up for renewal to switch agents. Two weeks before expiration, I thought I found a local agent...filled out the paperwork, waited, went in & signed papers. Three weeks later I felt like I should have gotten a bill? I called & they said that my policy had expired, that they called me three times (they NEVER DID), and that I needed to come in again & fill out more paperwork. ??? No thanks. I went into Flathead Insurance for a quote yesterday & HAVE COVERAGE TODAY!!! I am now getting a quote for my vehicles, tools & renters insurance. Thank you Flathead Insurance for your outstanding service and for being so wonderful!
Ben Hageman