Some USPS® services (Like Priority Mail®, Priority Mail Cubic® and Priority Mail Flat Rate®) include $100 of insurance from USPS for free. On the other hand, each UPS® service includes $100 of carrier liability for labels you buy on Pirate Ship 😉

Pirate Ship also offers additional 3rd party insurance that can be added to any service. Learn about each USPS and UPS service here.

To add third party insurance to any service, simply select the “Insurance” check box and enter the declared package value:

A screenshot showing the 'Extra Services' menu below where you'll enter your shipment's weight while creating a label. You may need to click the plus sign to the left of where it says 'Extra Services' to expand the menu below. There is an option for 'Insurance' in this menu with a check box to the left of it. If this checkbox is clicked, you will see a box below that says 'Declared Package Value,' which is where you'll enter your package's total value in USD.

For USPS and UPS services that include coverage such as Priority Mail® or 2nd Day Air®, this will only add 3rd-party insurance if you declare $101 or more. Note in the event that you have to file a claim, you will have to prove the value that you declared.

Third-party insurance is not "added on top" of the built-in USPS insurance and UPS carrier liability. So, if your shipment is worth $300, declare the full $300 value—not just $200 since USPS Priority Mail and UPS labels already come with $100.

How much insurance costs

Here's the breakdown of how much insurance costs on Pirate Ship:

  • Domestic Shipments: $0.75 for up to $50, then $0.80 per $100

  • International Shipments: $1.35 per $100

  • Limit: $5,000 per shipment, or $1,000 for USPS First Class Package Service

International shipments

We generally recommend adding insurance for all international shipments, because other country's postal services aren't as good as the USA... and for high-value shipments that would be a huge loss if they're damaged or go missing.

*Pro Tips

You can and must include the value of postage and/or packaging in your declaration if you want compensation for the postage and/or packaging in the event a claim is made.

For insurance claims to be valid, Shipsurance requires proof of a USPS or UPS acceptance scan. Note that for USPS labels, End-of-Day SCAN Forms and scans from the self-service kiosks at Post Offices aren't considered proper proof in this case.

Shipsurance Terms and Conditions

Before you ship, we strongly suggest familiarizing yourself with the Shipsurance Terms and Conditions. Shipsurance doesn’t provide coverage for all items or situations, so it’s best to read these terms in full to make sure your shipment is covered!

Any questions? Chat in with our Support Crew - we're here to help 😃

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