Understanding Items Excluded from Postal Insurance: A Guide for Supership Clients

Shipping goods can be a complex process, especially when it comes to understanding what is and isn't covered by postal insurance. Many postal carriers have a list of items that are deemed too risky to insure, known as "AT SHIPPER'S RISK" items. These items, while valuable or essential, may not be suitable for standard postal services due to their fragile nature or high risk of damage.

At Supership, we believe that informed decisions lead to successful shipping experiences. That's why we've compiled a list of items commonly excluded from postal insurance, helping you navigate the complexities of shipping with confidence.

  1. Glassware and Fragile Items: This category includes delicate items such as signs, mirrors, ceramics, porcelains, china, crystal, framed glass, and electronic screens. Due to their fragile nature, these items are often excluded from insurance coverage.
  2. Collectors’ Items: Items with significant value to collectors, such as rare or limited-edition pieces, are typically excluded from insurance coverage.
  3. Liquids: Postal carriers generally do not insure shipments containing liquids due to the risk of spills and leaks during transit.
  4. Precious Metals: Items made of precious metals, including gold, silver, and platinum, are often excluded from insurance coverage.
  5. Temperature-Sensitive Items: Items requiring temperature-controlled services during transit, such as perishable goods or items sensitive to heat or cold, are typically excluded from insurance coverage.
  6. Perishable Items: Foods, beverages, and other perishable items that require refrigeration or environmental control are often excluded from insurance coverage.
  7. Improperly Packaged Items: Items that are not properly packaged according to carrier requirements may be excluded from insurance coverage.
  8. Prohibited Articles: Items designated as prohibited by the carrier, such as hazardous materials or illegal substances, are not eligible for insurance coverage.
  9. Artwork and Antiques: Items that require special care due to their artistic or historical value, including paintings, sculptures, and antiques, may be excluded from insurance coverage.
  10. Jewelry: Fine jewelry, including items made of precious metals and gemstones, may be excluded from insurance coverage.

It's important to note that this list may vary depending on the carrier and the specific terms and conditions. Before shipping any items, we recommend reviewing the carrier's policies to ensure compliance and avoid any potential issues.

At Supership, we're committed to providing you with the best 3PL services, including guidance on shipping practices. If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. Your success is our priority, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

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