International Shipping Insurance Based On Country, Carrier, and Seller
Package forwarding is a safe, reliable, easy, and inexpensive way to buy from the US and ship your items internationally. But if you can’t help getting nervous when sending your purchases internationally, you can always opt for extra insurance.
Since insurance is optional with international package forwarding shipments, the only person who can decide whether or not insurance is necessary is you. In order to make the best decision, take the following factors into account when making a package forwarding shipment.
What Country Is Your Package Forwarding Shipment Going To?
Ask yourself how much you trust the importing authorities of the destination country. In some cases, your package may make it safely out of the US and all the way to its destination. But before it can be delivered to your door, it has to go through customs.
Some countries, like Japan, are well known for their safety and honesty. You could probably send an envelope full of cash through Japanese customs and it would come to you without a single note missing. (Although, this is not a good idea since shipping currency is prohibited!)
Other countries might be less reliable. Customs officers might simply be less careful, and expensive items might not receive the care you would hope for them. If you suspect that the destination of your package falls into this latter category, you might want to opt for international shipping insurance when buying from the US and shipping internationally.
Which Carrier Are You Using To Ship Your Items Internationally?
Most carriers, including DHL, UPS, and USPS, automatically insure your shipment for up to $100. But if the value of your shipment exceeds $100, you’ll have to decide whether or not you want extra international shipping insurance.
In these cases, private carriers (DHL or UPS) are usually more reliable than government carriers (USPS). Again, your package might make it safely to its destination in the hands of the carrier you choose, but once it gets there, it may be out of the carrier’s control.
If you ship via DHL, DHL will carry your package all the way to your door. You can be reasonably sure that they will take care of your package, since it’s under their name the entire way.
On the other hand, if you’re shipping with USPS, your package will have to go from the care of the USPS to the care of the destination postal service. If you don’t have confidence in the local postal service, that might be another reason to consider international shipping insurance.
What Did You Buy And Where Did It Come From?
You might be instinctively worried about fragile items, but anything that’s well-packaged should be safe enough to ship internationally without worry.
However, you might consider the origin of your items. If you bought a laptop directly from the manufacturer (e.g. Apple or Dell), it’s probably going to come in nearly indestructible package that should be able to withstand a good deal of transport and still arrive safely.
On the other hand, if you bought a second-hand laptop from eBay, it may come only in a thin sheet of bubble wrap, or tied to a panel of cardboard. Presumably it will be enough to make it from the seller to the package forwarding warehouse, but if you’re worried about it going overseas, you might want to consider extra international shipping insurance.
When In Doubt, Just Insure It!
International shipping insurance isn’t just to protect against potential loss or damage. It’s also to protect against stress.
In some cases, it might be better for your peace of mind to simply insure your package so that you can stop worrying about it. So, if you’ve considered the above factors and still can’t make up your mind, just opt for international shipping insurance and relax. Better safe than sorry!