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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 Freeman Insurance Services, 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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Freeman Insurance Services, Inc.

1035 San Pablo Avenue, Ste 1
Albany, CA 94706
Main office: 510-250-3056
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Testimonials

I have known Anthony Freeman, his wife, and sons from the early 80's. Well, his sons weren't born then, but I've known them since they were young. Anthony is a very warm and caring person. He is professional in his insurance dealings and provides great service. I started when he first created a disability plan for Acupuncturists, and then have also had insurance through his company for home, office liability, and car insurance. Always a pleasure to work with Anthony and the whole office.

Jay Sordean
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Jeff R and Jamel were great! Got me great deals and went out of their way to be helpful. Outstanding service! These people are in the business of helping people!!

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I have used Freeman insurance for both homeowner's and auto policies. They did their research and found the best rates. Overall great service and super friendly!

Razteria
Keaton at Freeman Insurance has been a huge aid to my business! Any question I have he always has an answer! I'm extremely happy with the service and rates glad I switched over to Freeman Insurance. Highly recommend for business insurance!

Monica K. from Oakley, CA
Anthony, Jamel, and Philip have been an invaluable asset to our company since inception. Their knowledge of the different types of insurance and care for our needs is unmatched. I refer anyone I know looking for business insurance to them. They are simply the best!

Chris M. from Phoenix, AZ
I readily use and refer my clients and other small businesses to Freeman Insurance. Bruce honestly provides quotes, and if there isn't anything better than the current policy, he will tell the prospective client, even if it means he doesn't get a commission. Same with Philip, who provides caring and individualized customer service regarding health and life insurance. Jamel is ambitious, polite, and extremely helpful. I'm confident in the knowledge, competence and integrity Freeman Insurance delivers.

Glicel S. from San Pablo, CA
We have been using freeman insurance for the last five years. They are incredibly helpful with both our business and personal insurance. With all the changes going on they have been so quick to get back to me and provide all the information I need to choose the best plans that fit for us. Bruce, Philip and Jamel are such a pleasure to work with. You won't be disappointed using these guys!

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