How to Purchase Insurance for Shipping Labels

When you purchase shipping labels on Etsy, you have the option to add insurance or coverage for your package. Some shipping methods come with insurance included.

To purchase insurance for shipping labels:

  1. Follow the steps to purchase a shipping label.
  2. Under Add insurance, enter the amount of insurance you want to purchase. The amount of insurance you purchase should cover the cost of shipping and of the order.
  3. Complete purchasing your shipping label
The type of insurance and amount you can insure depends on your carrier:

What compensation is available for Australia Post shipments?

Some Australia Post postage purchased on Etsy comes with compensation included, and you can purchase Extra Cover for your shipment.

What compensation is included with my shipping label?

Australia Post domestic orders

Parcel Post includes up to $50 AUD compensation.

Australia Post international orders

International Economy and International Standard include up to $50 AUD compensation.

To learn about what is eligible for compensation see Australia Post’s Terms & Conditions.

Can I purchase Extra Cover for Australia Post shipments?

You can purchase Extra Cover through Australia Post for your shipments. You have the option to add Extra Cover against loss or damage for up to $2,000 AUD for domestic shipping services (terms and conditions apply).

How to apply for compensation or Extra Cover

If your item is damaged or an item is missing from your package, you’ll need to visit an Australia Post office and apply for compensation. They may request some additional documents to support your claim, including your shipping label receipt and a receipt for the order.

Learn how to apply for compensation with Australia Post.

For missing items, you may complete the missing package form once the item is more than 1 business day late.

If you need further assistance from Australia Post, you can submit a complaint.

What Coverage is available for Canada Post shipments?

Some Canada Post postage purchased on Etsy comes with Coverage included, and you can purchase additional Coverage for your shipment

What Coverage is included with my shipping label?

Canada Post domestic orders

All domestic shipping services include Coverage for up to $100 CAD.

Canada Post international orders

Xpresspost International, International Parcel Air, International Parcel Surface, and Tracked Packet - International include Coverage for up to $100 CAD. Coverage is not available for other international shipping services.

To learn about what is eligible for Coverage see Canada Post’s Terms and Conditions.

Can I purchase additional Coverage for Canada Post shipments?

You can purchase additional Coverage through Canada Post for your shipments. You have the option to add Coverage against loss or damage for up to $5,000 CAD for domestic shipping services and $1,000 for eligible US and International shipping services (terms and conditions apply).

How to file a claim with Canada Post

To file a claim, call Canada Post Customer Service toll free at 1-866-607-6301 or visit the Canada Post website. They will request some additional documents to support your claim, including your shipping label receipt and a receipt for the order.

For lost parcels, you may file a claim as soon as the estimated or guaranteed delivery date has passed. Claims for damaged or missing items can be filed immediately.

Claims must be filed no later than 90 days from the shipment date.

What insurance is available for FedEx shipments?

Some postage purchased on Etsy comes with insurance included, and you can purchase additional insurance for your shipment.

What insurance is included with my shipping label?

All FedEx labels purchased through Etsy come with up to $100 of liability insurance.

Can I purchase additional insurance for FedEx shipments?

You can purchase additional insurance for FedEx shipments through Shipsurance.

How to file a claim with FedEx

To file a claim for insurance included with the shipping label you purchased, you need to file with FedEx.

What insurance is available for USPS shipments?

Some postage purchased on Etsy comes with insurance included. You can also purchase additional Shipsurance insurance.

What insurance is included with my shipping label?

USPS domestic orders

USPS Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express both come with up to $100 of insurance automatically at no additional cost to you.

USPS international orders

USPS Priority Mail International and Priority Mail Express International come with up to $200 of insurance automatically at no additional cost to you.

Can I purchase additional insurance for USPS shipments?

You can purchase additional insurance for USPS shipments through Shipsurance.

How to file a claim with USPS

To file a claim for insurance included with the shipping label you purchased, you need to file with USPS.

Note: You must create an account with the USPS if you don’t already have one.

For packages lost in the mail, you must wait 7 days before filing a claim. Claims for damages may be filed once the package bears a "Delivered" tracking event.

When filing a claim with USPS, the damaged article, container, packaging, and any other items received must be presented to the Postal Service for inspection.

What coverage is available for Royal Mail shipments?

Some postage purchased on Etsy comes with coverage included, and you can purchase additional coverage for your shipment.

What compensation coverage is included with my shipping label?

Royal Mail domestic orders

First Class and Second Class mail come with up to £20.00 of compensation coverage.

First Class Signed For and Second Class Signed For mail come with up to £50.00 of compensation coverage.

Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1PM mail comes with up to £500.00 of compensation coverage.

Royal Mail international orders

International Standard and International Signed For mail come with up to £20.00 of compensation coverage.

International Tracked and Signed mail comes with up to £50.00 of compensation coverage.

Can I purchase additional coverage for Royal Mail shipments?

No, you can’t purchase additional coverage for Royal Mail shipments. However, all Royal Mail delivery services include some compensation coverage.

How to file a claim with Royal Mail

To file a claim with Royal Mail, visit their website and file a claim.

How do I insure a package with Shipsurance?

When you purchase a USPS or FedEx Shipping Label on Etsy, you have the option to add shipping insurance for up to $5,000 USD. Parcel insurance on Etsy is provided by Shipsurance Insurance Services, Inc. Learn about insurance rules, requirements, and restrictions.

For US domestic shipments and APO/FPO/DPO military addresses, rates per package are:

  • $0.80 per $100 of order value
  • $0.80 for each additional $100 or a fraction thereof over $100 of coverage

For international shipments, rates are $1.35 per $100 of coverage, per package.

How to purchase insurance through Shipsurance

When you purchase a shipping label on Etsy, you have the option to purchase additional insurance. To add insurance, click the box next to Add insurance and type the amount of insurance you’d like to purchase. The amount you insure should include both the cost of postage and the value of the package contents.

The cost of your insurance, as well as any additional shipping fees, is included in the itemized list on your label purchase page. After purchasing insurance for a label, the cost of insurance will appear separately on your Etsy bill as “Shipsurance Parcel Insurance,” and will include the shipping label number.

How to file a claim with Shipsurance

Filing a claim for insurance purchased with your Etsy Shipping Label begins on Etsy. Afterward, the process is handled entirely by Shipsurance.

If you need to cancel the order, file your claim before doing so. You won't be able to file a claim after the order is canceled.

To file a claim with Shipsurance:

  1. Sign in to Etsy.com.
  2. Click the Your Account icon, then click Shop Manager.
  3. Click Orders & Shipping.
  4. Click the order with the shipping label your insured.
  5. Click the (ellipsis) icon to the right.
  6. Select File Insurance Claim.
  7. You’ll be directed to the Shipsurance website to fill out the remainder of your claim form.

The rest of the process is handled entirely by Shipsurance Insurance Services who may request some additional documents during this process.

Check on the status of your claim with Shipsurance.

Claims must be filed no later than 120 days from the shipment date. For lost parcels, you must wait 20 days for domestic and 40 days for international locations before filing a claim.

What can’t be insured through Shipsurance?

The following in an exhaustive list of items that cannot be insured: Accounts, bills, currency, cash in transit, evidence of debt, checks, money orders, COD payments, coins (collectible coins are not excluded), securities and other negotiable papers, tickets, deeds, notes, gift cards, manuscripts, documents, neon items, hazardous material (per UPS Hazardous Materials List), televisions, computer monitors, or similar (including LCD, plasma, CRT, projection, LED, and similar), perishable cargo or similar property, eggs, any stone or ceramic slabs, automobiles, motorcycles, live animals, flowers, plants, seeds, cigarettes/cigars, cotton, guns (guns more than 100 years old are not excluded), tobacco, windows, plate glass (glass panels), float glass (glass panels).

Insurance is not available for packages being shipped to: Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, Bolivia, Burma, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Liberia, Mexico (Truck/rail shipments to and within other than as a connecting conveyance), Nigeria, North Korea, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela. Additionally, coverage is not available to any location that would be in violation of any U.S. economic or trade sanctions including OFAC Restricted Countries. For shipments to Russian and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries (includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) coverage ceases upon touchdown of the aircraft at the airport of destination or upon discharge from the overseas vessel at the destination discharge port.

Learn about Shipsurance insurance rules, requirements, and restrictions.

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