I have a secondary insurance account for all my shipments that go
through Fedex. The company’s name is Parcel Pro (for those
interested in contacting them email me privately) and rates run from
$15.00 for $100.00, $37.00 for $10,000.00 and up to $150 for
$50,000.00 in insurance for a one pound package priority overnight.
Each additional pound is around $2.00. Thankfully, I have never had
to make a claim though I did lose a package that was not insured
(figures…damn that murphy!).
Though this will not solve the problems of those who have to ship
massive amounts of work to shows, it may be an option for some who
have smaller amounts to carry. Myself, I have a retail show in
Sarasota FL in December to go to. I probably won’t be flying as I
hate to ship my display, but if I were, I could at least make some
arrangements for my work to be shipped. It may be easier to break
down the amount of work and ship it via registered mail if you we can
get show organizers to do thier part. I know most of the designers
who go to the major shows will ship thier mechandise through armed
security companies like Wells Fargo and the like. I can’t imagine
how much that costs!
We will all have to weigh the financial cost of documentation and
shipping expense with the cost of personally driving our mechandise
to each and every show.
The people to help us with lobbying the government about our shipping
problems related to the new rules is MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and
Suppliers of America). They already lobby on behalf of jewelers, and
have done so successfully for years. Remember the Luxury Tax? Those
who are members should ask MJSA what plans are in store to lobby for
such changes related to the new air security rules. It is in the
interest of the government to help industry deal with the new reality
so as to prevent further ecomonic damage to an important industry.