If you are shipping a valuable item, you want to ensure that it reaches its intended destination safely and on time. That said, factors beyond your control, such as inclement weather, the shipping carrier you choose, the handling of cargo and packages and more, can impact the process. 

If your package is mishandled, damaged, or lost along the way, that leaves you with more work in communicating this to your customers and/or vendors. That’s why it’s best to always ship with a carrier offering shipping coverage. 

What Is Shipping Coverage?

Shipping coverage is a form of coverage provided by major carriers that protects you from goods that are either damaged, stolen, or damaged. Most shipping companies offer a form of shipping coverage or insurance, typically available as an extra fee. The coverage usually guarantees a reimbursement equal to the cost of damaged or lost goods during the journey. Coverage amounts vary by carrier and item shipped. Contact your local Parcel Plus to discuss coverage for your shipment. 

Benefits of Shipping Coverage

Shipping coverage has the following benefits:

High-Risk Protection

Shipping coverage protects you against financial setbacks triggered by a damaged or lost shipment. You can swiftly get back on your feet with the reimbursement you will get. 

Sense of Security

Peace of mind is vital to business success and an elevated quality of life. When all your cargo is covered, you can fully focus on other aspects of your business knowing your goods are protected. 

Prevention of Additional Costs

Shipping coverage assumes financial responsibility for your shipments and packages, ensuring your profit margin is not affected. And when the refund includes the cost of goods and shipping, you can get the package to your clients without additional costs.  

Simple and Hassle-Free Claims

Making claims when unsure about the kind of guaranteed compensation can be confusing and frustrating. With shipping coverage, you file for reimbursement on the declared value of goods. 

How Much Does Shipping Coverage Cost?

The cost of shipping coverage varies depending on the carrier and the value of your goods. Some companies do not provide any shipping coverage options. Depending on the carrier you choose and the items being shipped, a Parcel Plus shipping expert will talk you through your coverage options.

The tips below can help you estimate the cost of shipping coverage: 

  • Calculate the value of your cargo. The cost of repairs or replacements that your goods may need is the biggest determinant of your shipping coverage cost. 
  • Research the reputability of your shipping carrier. Compare policies and read reviews to know which company that offers the best deal. Your local Parcel Plus can help with this.
  • Consider the shipping method you intend to use. Coverage rates and policies for air, land, and sea shipping are different. 
  • Research the customs rules in your destination country. For international shipping, most countries restrict the items that can be shipped in, so make sure you do your research.
  • Leave the expertise to Parcel Plus. To determine the best shipping coverage option for you, contact your local Parcel Plus. We can walk you through the carriers, options, rules, regulations, costs, and more.