I’m in a bit of a quandry over shipping internationally. I need to
ship a ring to Australia from US and the customer wants it insured
for the full value, around $2200. I ship lower value items
internationally quite often using USPS. However for something like
this I’m hesitant touse USPS because the item description and value
must be written on the customs form on the outside of the package.
It’s kind of like writing “steal me” in giant red letters.
“low-balling” the value to make it less of a target for theft is not
an option in this case. I’ve looked into using 3rd partyinsurance
through fedex but after some research it sounds as though they are
basically worhless when it comes to actually paying out on claims.
When I’m in Bangkok I use fedex through G4S and they are fantastic
but they do not have an office where I live in Alaska. I’ve been
through the Orchid archives for the last couple of hours trying to
find an answer to this dilemma but it seems like everyone has a
different way of handling the problem. Fedex does have a special
program for the jewelry industry but I rarely ship packages of high
value so I doubt they would accept my application, it seems to
bemore for larger companies that ship a lot.
Thank you all for your help through the years, the Orchid has been
an invaluable resource for me.