Shipsurance is the discount shipping insurance provider that's integrated into ShipStation. You don't need to sign up for a Shipsurance account since it comes with your ShipStation subscription!
Using Shipsurance in ShipStation is as simple as selecting Shipsurance Discount Insurance when you create a label -- the credit card used for your ShipStation subscription will be used for the cost of the Shipsurance.
If you ever need to file an insurance claim with Shipsurance, you can also start that process within ShipStation.
If you have an existing Shipsurance account that you'd like to connect to ShipStation, contact ShipStation Support or your ShipStation Account Manager and we can set your ShipStation account up to use your personal account instead.
If you connect a personal Shipsurance account, you will not be able to manage Shipsurance funds through ShipStation, and all claims must be filed with Shipsurance directly.
ShipSurance works in conjunction with the default insurance coverage offered by the shipping carrier. This means Shipsurance will cover the declared value of the shipment beyond the carrier default coverage. For example, UPS covers $100 for shipment by default, so if your shipment is insured for $300, UPS would cover the first $100 of the insured value, and Shipsurance would cover the remaining $200 of the shipment.
Shipsurance requires a minimum purchase of $10 in funds to be added to your Shipsurance account, so if Shipsurance fees are $2.40, and your balance is lower, Shipsurance will require the minimum $10.00 to be added to your account.
You can add Shipsurance to shipments with ship dates in the future, as long as you're creating the label within 48 hours of that ship date.
Filing a claim for Shipsurance can be done through ShipStation directly.
Go to the Shipments tab.
Locate the desired shipment on the shipments grid
Scroll horizontally to the Insurance column.
If you do not see the Insurance column, click the Columns drop-down (if using ShipStation classic) or the Layout button ( if using ShipStation V3) and check the Insurance column option.
Click the Shipsurance link to submit your claim.
If your Shipsurance claim requires that you send your customer a form to sign, you may download it from the attachment at the bottom of this article.
If the Insurance field in ShipStation is blank, that means no insurance was purchased for the order when the label was created.
Once you have filed a Shipsurance claim, you can review the Shipsurance Claim Status here.
When you void a label that includes Shipsurance, you will immediately receive a refund to your Shipsurance account, which then be available in your Shipsurance balance to use right away.
If you have a Shipsurance balance and you cancel your ShipStation subscription, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the balance be refunded to the card on file for your subscription.
Your ShipStation invoice contains a list of your Shipsurance purchases, which you can download from
Settings > Account > Subscription. Click the link to view past invoices. You can then download any invoice you require.
You can also run either the
Shipments > Shipping Cost report or the
Raw Data Exports > Shipped Orders report from your Insights tab. The insurance cost and provider fields are included in these reports.
Certain types of items, like currency or perishables, cannot be insured. There are also certain products, such as cell phones, televisions, and laptop computers, that can only be insured under certain conditions.
Please see the Shipsurance Terms and Conditions for a full list of excluded items, and special insurance conditions, and full details on destination countries that cannot be insured.
Shipsurance does not provide coverage for the following commodities:
Evidence of debt
Cash on delivery (COD) payments
Coins (collectible coins are not excluded)
Securities and other negotiable papers
Hazardous material (per UPS Hazardous Materials List)
Perishable cargo or similar property
Any stone or ceramic slabs
In addition, some commodities do include specific restrictions:
Jewelry (includes necklaces, earrings, watches, rings, bracelets, broaches, etc.)
If valued at $500.00 or more must be sent with the direct or adult Signature Confirmation Service provided by the Carrier (must be signed for at delivery). This service is available by most Carriers often at an additional expense to their core shipping service.
Laptop computers (including tablets computers, iPads, and similar electronics)
Must be sent with the direct or adult Signature Confirmation Service provided by the Carrier (must be signed for at delivery). This service is available by most Carriers often at an additional expense to their core shipping service. If a signature confirmation service is not available from the carrier, these items cannot be covered. Shipments sent without a carrier provided signature confirmation service are excluded from coverage in their entirety.
Coverage for laptop computers (including tablets computers, iPads, and similar electronics), when shipped International via the USPS, can be covered only if sent via USPS Priority Mail Express International service. International shipments sent via the USPS or a consolidator (APC, Globegistics, Smart Post, or similar), without this service are excluded from coverage in their entirety.
Mobile telephones (including cell phones, smart phones, messaging phones, Android phones, iPhones, Blackberry phones, and similar)
Coverage for mobile telephones (including cell phones, smart phones, messaging phones, Android phones, iPhones, Blackberry phones, and similar), when shipped International via the USPS, can be covered only if sent via USPS Priority Mail Express International service. International shipments sent via the USPS or consolidator (APC, Globegistics, Smart Post, or similar), without this service are excluded from coverage in their entirety.
Coverage for mobile telephones (including cell phones, smart phones, messaging phones, Android phones, iPhones, Blackberry phones, and similar) has a maximum of $5,000.00 per package and $25,000.00 per conveyance.
Coverage is provided worldwide when shipments originate from the United States or Canada, except to the following destinations:
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)
In addition, truck/rail shipments to and within Mexico other than as a connecting conveyance and 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. This means that if a package is scanned into these countries, coverage ceases.