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Shipping Insurance

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 Fitts Agency, Inc. 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/.

Our Locations

Fitts Agency, Inc.

1806 6th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Main office: 205-881-2556
Fax: 205-342-3467

Merchants & Farmers

301 Prairie Ave
Eutaw, AL 35462
Main office: 205-686-6279
Fax: 205-372-0852

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Testimonials

The Fitts Agency, Inc. has been taking care of my personal and professional insurance needs for over 25 years. They have done an exceptional job to insure we are properly covered with all aspects of our complicated business insurance needs including property, automobile and equipment, bonding, life insurance, liability and specialty insurance. Their professional service follows through the claim process as well, demonstrated by the spring 2011 Tuscaloosa tornadoes and the damage we received from same. With their extensive help, excellent support staff and prompt response, we were able to get back in business with minimal wasted time. I highly recommend the Fitts Agency, Inc. for your insurance needs.

Thomas D. Jamison - President, J & P Construction Co., Inc.
We are writing this letter to document the performance of the Fitts Agency, Inc. Fitts Agency has been very instrumental in providing for all our business insurance needs. Since 2007, they have seen to our General Liability, Workman's compensation, Auto, Builder's Risk, Professional Liability and Umbrella policies. Their service is excellent; quick and accurate, and always with a friendly, helpful attitude.

Christopher L. Swain - VP Operations, Monumental Contracting Service, LLC
It's so refreshing to have an insurance agency that actually cares about their clients. I was with a "national brand" company for many years and never knew that I could have other great choices for my home and automobile insurance. These folks are great and I would recommend them to anyone wanting great rates and service.

Maggie Miller - Tuscaloosa, AL
Before the sun set on April 27 (after the devastating tornado), Forrest Fitts had a team on our roof surveying the damage. Two days later the debris was completely gone, the sheet rock was replaced - even the landscaping was repaired.

Mark and Liz Obradovich - Owners of Tuscaloosa Holiday Inn Express & Suites
When the April 27th tornado struck my business, the Fitts Agency made sure we were covered. Thank you Tim Donahue and your top-notch staff for doing just that. I could not think of a better team than the Fitts Agency, Watkins Construction Co., Inc. and FCCI Insurance to assist Spiller Furniture with disaster recovery.

Shane Spiller
We favor the Fitts Agency and any of their competitors would truly have an uphill battle to overcome prior to us ever making any notable changes. Specifically to the fact that although we will price multiple sources, we have learned that Tim and his team have been the most helpful and in the long run, equally competitive with anyone we have considered in the past 25+ years.

Mark Rettig - Vice President, AHR Metals, Inc.
Nobody could have taken care of me better than the Fitts Agency after the storm. I've been with the Fitts Agency for over twenty years - home, autos, and my business before I retired. I would never go anywhere else for my insurance.

Ernest Woodruff - Tuscaloosa, AL