What is the International Moving Insurance?
As an international mover, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure a safe delivery. This includes providing insurance coverage to every single customer when they purchase moving or storage services for national or international deliveries. Moving companies will do everything they can to make sure a customer’s goods are delivered successfully within a reasonable time. Although it is unlikely your belongings will end up lost or damaged when you go through a reliable overseas mover, it is wise for all moving customers to have this coverage in case of an accident.
Every state requires that moving companies carry at least the minimum amount of insurance coverage as according to their current policy. All licensed movers in the state must carry insurance coverage of at least $20,000 per shipment as well as liability coverage. A commission prescribed form must be filed as evidence of coverage. For international deliveries, the requirements for insurance coverage might be set a little higher.
A Little More about Insurance Protection through an International Mover
When you call around gathering quotes from moving companies that offer international transports, always ask them if they offer insurance coverage. If they don’t, they are likely not licensed and you should hang up the phone and forget about using their services. Most private insurance policies carried by homeowners and renters will not protect a person’s belongings as it is transported through an overseas mover. You must hire a mover with their own coverage for customers.
A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.
As you search for an international mover, you’ll realize that each company carries their own amount of coverage per customer. This usually equates to about $.60 per pound. Ask the mover what their insurance policy includes for international transports. If it isn’t sufficient enough to cover the value of all your belongings, ask if they have additional insurance coverage or plans you can add on to your transport services at an extra charge. In most situations, it is wise to buy additional insurance coverage since your possessions will be traveling overseas and such a long distance. Overseas transports usually include the transferring of your goods from one transport vessel to the next so you’ll want to have as much protection as possible.
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances and occurrences that an international mover will not cover if damage is an issue. These instances may include natural disasters or any items that were improperly packaged and prepared for the transport. The type of insurance plan offered through the mover will determine what is included. Ask the mover as many questions as possible regarding their insurance policies and what’s included so that you have a clear idea of what type of protection you’ll receive for the transport of your stuff.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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