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    Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    I need to ship a camera to Sweden, but the USPS will only allow $650 insurance -the camera value is $1550. I have used 3rd party insurance before (shipsurance) but they limit it to $1000.

    How do people who ship fairly expensive items overseas deal with insurance? (Seems like USPS used to allow more insurance than that??)

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Sorry, it's different to EU...my mistake

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Use UPS or FedEX?

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Thanks Chris, I should have mentioned that the USPS rate was the only one that was close to reasonable at $70 ( with the max $650 insurance). The FedEx estimate was around $230 and UPS was over $300!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Giles View Post
    Use UPS or FedEX?

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Ship it Express Mail (EMS) and you can insure it for that amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lux View Post
    Ship it Express Mail (EMS) and you can insure it for that amount.
    That's what I thought, but the online system only showed $650 max. Maybe if I go to the Post Office in person?

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    It looks like you can insure up to 2499$ value.
    https://www.usps.com/ship/insurance-...a-services.htm
    Go to International section under Global Express Guaranteed Insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pics2 View Post
    It looks like you can insure up to 2499$ value.
    https://www.usps.com/ship/insurance-...a-services.htm
    Go to International section under Global Express Guaranteed Insurance.
    Thanks! That looks like the best I'll be able to do and that is $164. I am beginning to see why some people don't ship internationally - it really absurd pricing.

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    OK, here's what I found.

    The only way you purchase insurance on a package to Belgium with USPS above $650 is to use USPS Global Express Guaranteed. I calculated as if I'm sending a package myself, 5lbs weight, 12"x14"x16" the cost is $153.64 if printed with postage online, $169.15 at post office(worth do it online). Looks like a little bit cheaper than UPS or FedEx.

    With USPS Express International, insurance amount is vary by individual countries. For many countries, up to $5000(Canada, Mexico most Asian countries), but almost all EU countries, it's limited to $650(to Germany it's $500!)

    **If I were the seller(desperate), I'd just ship via USPS Express International, insured up to $650. It should be good enough. Post Offices in any country values and treat Express mail packages very carefully and as the most important piece of mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky16 View Post
    OK, here's what I found.

    The only way you purchase insurance on a package to Belgium with USPS above $650 is to use USPS Global Express Guaranteed. I calculated as if I'm sending a package myself, 5lbs weight, 12"x14"x16" the cost is $153.64 if printed with postage online, $169.15 at post office(worth do it online). Looks like a little bit cheaper than UPS or FedEx.

    With USPS Express International, insurance amount is vary by individual countries. For many countries, up to $5000(Canada, Mexico most Asian countries), but almost all EU countries, it's limited to $650(to Germany it's $500!)

    **If I were the seller(desperate), I'd just ship via USPS Express International, insured up to $650. It should be good enough. Post Offices in any country values and treat Express mail packages very carefully and as the most important piece of mail.

    Hummmm, Europe is riskier than Mexico, what does the Post Office know that we don't ?

    I don't want to go with just $650, I have had problems before....

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    I highly recommend getting some sort of insurance. I ran into an issue shipping to europe some time back when the customs officials actually broke the item, and refused the pay for repairs.

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    It's the insurance that makes things expensive.
    When I shipped a 1Ds3 to the US it was 60 for two day shipping and a further 85 insurance.

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Personally, I just pack well and ship with whatever insurance is available from USPS. I've sent lots of expensive things abroad to Canada/Australia with no issues. Yes, there is a risk but financially over the long run the risk of loss is much lower than what you'll pay in insurance fees.

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Have you checked the Registered option?

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Araakii View Post
    Have you checked the Registered option?
    Not available with USPS

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    I spoke with Shipsurance today and I found the best option, just to close the loop. I can actually insure from the post office for their max and then add the Shipsurance coverage, resulting in a total of the camera value. Total EMS and insurance is $85.

    Not sure if my buyer is still interested, but at least I know how to do it for a less that outrageous price.

    Thanks for all the advice

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    Re: Question on Insuring Shipment - US to Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon N View Post
    Personally, I just pack well and ship with whatever insurance is available from USPS. I've sent lots of expensive things abroad to Canada/Australia with no issues. Yes, there is a risk but financially over the long run the risk of loss is much lower than what you'll pay in insurance fees.
    I'm a little paranoid about shipping. I work as a courier, and though most packages reach their destination fine, sometimes packages just up and disappear...

    I usually tape the whole exterior of the box so as to make it waterproof when shipping. I've seen boxes that got leaked on by another box that was stacked on top of it, completely destroying the lower boxes contents.

    I would way rather pay for the insurance and have the peace of mind. However, I too have sent many expensive things and have never had to make a claim either so take my warning with a grain of salt.

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