ParcelGuard is a shipment insurance option available to all US-based ShipStation accounts. ParcelGuard offers an easy, affordable way to protect your shipments from loss or damage and can save you up to 67% over traditional carrier insurance.

To enable ParcelGuard, all you need to do is activate ShipStation Carriers. Once you have done so, you can start adding ParcelGuard coverage to your shipments immediately!

To add coverage to a shipment, choose ParcelGuard from the Insurance drop-down menu when configuring your shipment. Your ShipStation Balance will be used for ParcelGuard costs.

Configure Shipment Widget with the ParcelGuard selected in the Insurance drop-down menu.

Available in the New ShipStation Layout Only

ParcelGuard is not available in ShipStation Legacy.

ParcelGuard Coverage Details

ParcelGuard covers the entire value of a domestic or international shipment up to $10,000.

Instead of relying on a third-party provider for coverage beyond the carrier's default coverage, you can ship with peace of mind knowing that your shipment is protected in its entirety by ParcelGuard against loss or damage during transit.

The cost of coverage is calculated based on the amount entered in the Insure Amt. field when you configure your shipment in ShipStation.

Configure shipment widget with the Insurance and Insure Amt. fields highlighted.

Per ParcelGuard’s terms and conditions, coverage rates depend on the carrier and service you choose for your shipment and whether the shipment is domestic or international.

Carrier Service

Cost per $100 of Coverage

USPS Domestic


USPS International


Non-USPS Domestic


Non-USPS International


Click Cost Review in the Configure Shipment section of the Order Details screen to view the cost of ParcelGuard coverage.

Cost Review pop-up with ParcelGuard line item highlighted

Add Funds for ParcelGuard

All ParcelGuard fees are deducted from your ShipStation Balance, which you can add funds to at any time. Funds for the ShipStation Balance are charged to the payment method used for ShipStation Carriers.

Set Your Balance to Auto-Fund!

You can also automatically add funds to your ShipStation Balance (used for both postage and insurance costs).

See our guide to adding funds to your ShipStation Balance for more details.

File a Claim with ParcelGuard

If you need to file a claim with ParcelGuard for a lost or damaged shipment, you can do so directly in ShipStation. The link to file a claim is available from the Shipments grid or Shipment details. Once you click the link, follow the onscreen instructions.

Insurance Column Shipments grid:

Locate the desired shipment in the Shipments grid, then scroll horizontally to the Insurance column.

Click the ParcelGuard link and follow the onscreen instructions to submit your claim.

Shipments grid with the link to file a claim for ParcelGuard, in the Insurance column, selected.

Insurance Column Not Visible?

If you do not see the Insurance column, click the Columns button and enable the Insurance column.

If the Insurance field is blank, that means insurance was not added when the label was created for that shipment.

Shipments Details:

Click on a Shipment Record number to open the Shipment Details. The File a Claim link is next to the Insurance field.

Shipping Details with the Parcelguard File a Claim link highlighted.

Keep All Packaging and Damaged Goods

When you are filing a claim with ParcelGuard, keep all packaging and the damaged goods as they were received, as photographs may be required for claims processing. Do not dispose of any shipment materials or goods before the claim is complete.

Notes about ParcelGuard

  • Certain types of goods–including perishables, cash, documents, televisions or monitors, and cigarettes or tobacco–cannot be insured by ParcelGuard. See ParcelGuard's terms and conditions for a full list of goods that cannot be covered.

  • High-value items–including laptops, tablets, cell phones, and jewelry valued at $500 or more–must be shipped with a Signature Confirmation service to be insured by ParcelGuard.

  • ParcelGuard cannot insure shipments to all international destinations. See ParcelGuard's terms and conditions for a full list of unsupported countries.

Communication from ParcelGuard

Once you have filed a claim with ParcelGuard, your documents will be reviewed within 24-48 hours by a representative.

A representative will contact you about your claim by email, only.

  • Claim Status and Updates: When a ParcelGuard representative updates a claim you will receive a status update email.

  • Claim Payments: When your claim is paid you will receive an email.

    • Emailed Check (Deluxe): Emailed Checks are sent immediately to the email address you provided when filing a claim

    • PayPal: PayPal payments are sent immediately to the email address you provided when filing a claim