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Shipping Insurance in San Francisco CA & Oakland CA

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 Riskguard Insurance Solutions 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

Thank you to Christine who went above & beyond to lend a helping hand by providing us with quotes for our food truck business (which is a fairly new category to cover in the insurance world, I'm told). She was super patient with all of our questions, was prompt in communication, and is an all-around wonderful gal! Aside from our small business, I trust her to take care of my personal assets too

Sophie F.
I've used the Irene Herman Insurance for a few of my insurance needs! They helped me find health insurance when I was down and out and had pre-existing conditions (before Obamacare came along), and we worked long and hard to find a policy that would work for me. Also, they helped me find a better deal for my home insurance, and they're there when I need help to look for better car insurance rates. They're constantly on the look out for me and let me know if I can ever find better rates with another company, so I know they're on my side. It's a small family business, and they're good, kind people. I'm happy to work with cool people like this.

Katie H.
For the past year, Irene Herman Insurance Services has helped me and my business with a variety of insurance needs. They have consistently provided excellent and prompt service. I discovered Irene Herman Insurance via a website (don't remember which one) to request quotes for w/c, general and professional liability insurance for my business. I was contacted right away by Geoff Herman. Geoff was a huge help in helping us obtain the insurance we needed for a contract with the City of LA at a reasonable price. This was no small feat - we knew of a similar business that was having a hard time getting the E & O insurance. (We recommended them to Geoff and he helped them out, too.) Geoff also helped us with changing our medical and dental insurance for our business. For our personal insurance needs, Geoff helped us obtain life insurance and Iris Htwe assisted us with renters insurance. They are always available to answer questions and they respond very quickly to my emails. We've relied on Irene Herman Insurance Services for a number of different insurance needs over the past year and it has put my mind at ease to have them on my team.

Linda R.
I am not the type to write reviews but Geoff's service has been so amazing during a recent emergency situation that I decided to take a minute and offer my praise. Geoff's service has been excellent from the beginning. Promptly returns phone calls, excellent pricing, excellent knowledge of the industry, calm during a crisis, and a nice guy as well. And when the crap hit the fan recently, he went the extra mile repeatedly

David A.