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$400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« on: February 24, 2018, 06:25:44 PM »
I have a package I need to send overseas.  Because it has a value of over $400, I believe I have to ship it Priority Mail which practically doubles the cost of shipping ($23 to $46). 

I have read multiple times that never underestimate the value of a package because if it was to get lost, you could only claim up to stated value.  My question is that insurance only good while the package is still stateside?  Once it heads overseas, is the USPS still responsible  fir package if it gets lost?

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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 09:33:03 PM »
No (question #1), but with limitations (question #2).

Here is the USPS webpage(s) about international priority mail insurance and indemnity:
https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc3_006.htm

https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc9_007.htm#ep1050013
« Last Edit: February 24, 2018, 09:42:09 PM by banditpony »
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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 10:28:36 PM »
Not exactly part of your question, but another shipping option is using a Priority flat rate padded envelope. It costs +/- $35 to send Priority international & you can fit 4-6 adult ponies in it. ;) It's just a little cheaper than the basic priority cost based on weight. You have to order the padded flat rate envelopes off usps.com, as most post offices don't carry them.

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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 10:52:01 PM »
Not exactly part of your question, but another shipping option is using a Priority flat rate padded envelope. It costs +/- $35 to send Priority international & you can fit 4-6 adult ponies in it. ;) It's just a little cheaper than the basic priority cost based on weight. You have to order the padded flat rate envelopes off usps.com, as most post offices don't carry them.

Priority international flat rate envelopes can not be insured.

https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2007/html/pb22215/kit.3.5.html
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Q. Is insurance available for Priority Mail International?

A. Priority Mail International packages include limited indemnity coverage against loss, damage, or rifling up to amounts shown in IMM 233.3. When interna­tional insurance is purchased for a Priority Mail Inter­national package, it replaces the limited indemnity coverage. Priority Mail International packages may be insured, but the Priority Mail International flat-rate envelope may not be insured.

I have been burned by this before. I could of sworn the same applied to small flat rate as well.
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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 03:50:06 PM »
Thank you for your replies.  I went to the website, and man is that confusing.  I think I am just going to drive to the PO and ask someone in person, then pray that they know what they are talking about. 

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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 05:33:37 PM »
Thank you for your replies.  I went to the website, and man is that confusing.  I think I am just going to drive to the PO and ask someone in person, then pray that they know what they are talking about. 

Um yea I would ask more than one.
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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2018, 06:14:33 PM »
I've already got package over that amonth of money oversea, and well... to me the most important thing is to have a tracking.
For what I now, I never insured anything and nothing never happened.

If you fill full insurance, of course to me your package is assured even in the delivery country, at least against lost. I'm not sure about the inside problems (breakings?) then. As many of postal services now wants you to accept or reject a crushed package, but will not refund anything if you accept it :mad: the only way is to open front of the postmen and see with him if it's ok or not.

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Re: $400 Cut-off for First Class Shipping
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 01:20:41 AM »
Insurance can be funny, and it can depend on the destination country. For example here in Australia, any claim we file, regardless of when the damaged was sustained, has to go to the origin country, because of the postal agreements we have made with those countries. Not only does that often mean trying to fill out insurance forms in another language, it means getting foreign cheques for the refund too, and boy, is that an issue to have cashed or deposited, ESPECIALLY when they spell your name wrong! International post is a series of complicated deals between countries, so it definitely depends on where you are shipping to and what specifics apply, but it *should* be covered.
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