Insurance for International Moving & Shipping


Insurance for International Moving 

At East Coast Shipping, we highly recommend purchasing marine insurance when shipping your household goods, vehicles, cargo, and other items overseas. There are two types of marine insurance available to ensure the protection of your belongings during transit to or from the U.S.A.

While East Coast Shipping takes every precaution to ensure the safe delivery of your goods, there are unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as acts of God, fire, or hijacking, that may result in damage or loss. To safeguard your belongings, we strongly advise insuring your goods. Please note that the cost of insurance is not covered in our estimate, but our representative will be more than happy to assist you in this matter.

Purchasing insurance provides you with affordable coverage and peace of mind, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move. The process to insure your shipment is straightforward. You will need to prepare two packing lists: one with replacement values listed for the insurance company (VIL) and the other without any values listed for customs clearance in your destination country. You will send us the list with replacement values, while retaining the list without values for customs procedures upon your shipment's arrival. For insuring an automobile, we simply require the replacement value of your vehicle.

We offer two types of insurance coverage:

  1. All Risk Insurance: This comprehensive insurance covers both damage and loss of goods. However, it is important to note that this insurance is only available if your goods are professionally packed and stowed for shipping. Prior to the shipment sailing, you must provide a packing list with values or a commercial invoice.
  2. Total Loss Insurance: This insurance specifically covers your cargo in the unfortunate event of the entire shipment being lost.

It is essential that all cargo is properly packed for export to be eligible for the above-described insurance coverage. If you are shipping self packed household goods or personal effects, please be aware that the insurance will generally cover only total loss.

By securing marine insurance, you can protect your belongings and have confidence in the security of your international move. Should you have any further questions or require guidance regarding insurance, our team is here to assist you throughout the process

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The cost of insurance will vary depending on the value of your belongings and the type of insurance you choose. To insure your shipment, you will need to provide us with a packing list that includes the replacement value of your belongings. We will then work with our insurance company to obtain a policy for you.

Insurance is an important part of any international move. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your belongings are protected in the event of an accident or loss.

Here are some additional tips for insuring your international move:

  • Make sure you send your insurance paperwork before your pick up date 
  • Make sure you understand the terms of the policy before you sign it.
  • Take photos or videos of your belongings before you ship them. This will help you to file a claim if your belongings are damaged or lost.

Contact us today to learn more about our international moving services and insurance options!



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