Add Insurance to Shipments

Explains the insurance options available in ShipStation and how to add insurance to shipments.

You may wish to insure your shipments to help protect you should your shipments ever get lost or damaged en route to your customers. ShipStation provides a few ways for you to add insurance to your parcels before creating a label:

  • ParcelGuard (ShipStation's official insurance partner)

  • Shipsurance (a ShipStation insurance partner available for Legacy accounts)

  • Carrier Insurance (insurance provided through the parcel carrier)

You can manually add insurance to your parcels when configuring your shipment or have ShipStation add it automatically with an Automation Rule.

Insurance Purchased Outside of ShipStation

If you have an account with an insurance provider not available in ShipStation, you can indicate which shipments this insurance covers by selecting the Other option from the Insurance drop-down menu. This is for record-keeping purposes only.

If you added insurance to a shipment and need to know how to file a claim, visit our How do I file an Insurance claim? help article.

How to Add Insurance

There are several ways to manually add insurance in ShipStation:

You can also create an Automation Rule that will add insurance to shipments when the orders import and meet the rule's criteria (for example, the order contains a specific item, exceeds a certain value, or ships to a specific location).

The sections below explain each way to add insurance in ShipStation.

Individual Shipment

Multiple Shipments

To add insurance to multiple shipments at once:

  1. Select the orders you wish to add insurance to.

  2. Click Bulk Update and choose Insurance.

    Arrows pointing to Bulk Update Drop-down menu and the insurance option.
  3. Select the type of insurance to add.

  4. Enter the Insure Amount.

    When specifying an Insure Amount, enter the full amount you wish to declare. Do not subtract the carrier's default coverage amount.

  5. Choose Update Selection.

    Bulk Update pop-up showing ParcelGuard as the insurance selection

You can then continue creating the labels for these shipments.

Add Insurance to Multi-Package Shipments

If you create a multi-package shipment, the Insured Amt. field will be disabled. You must add insurance to each package of the shipment individually.

Insurance Automation Rule

You can create an Automation Rule so ShipStation will automatically add insurance to orders as soon as they import if the orders meet specific criteria.

Learn About Automation Rules

If you are unfamiliar with creating Automation Rules, review our Introduction to Automation Rules and Create Automation Rules help articles to learn how they work.

In this Automation Rule example, the rule action adds ParcelGuard to all orders that meet the rule criteria. The rule criteria can be anything you choose, but for this example, the rule applies ParcelGuard if the order ships from a specific Ship From Location, has a recipient address in Boston, Los Angeles, or Chicago, and has an Order Total greater than $100.

Automation rule to insure parcels when Order Total is over $100

Things to keep in mind when creating insurance Automation Rules:

  • Use numbers only for currency amounts. Special characters for currency ($, £, ¢, €, etc) cannot be used in the fields for numerical values.

  • When an automation rule adds insurance to an order, the insured amount will always default to the order’s Amount Paid. You cannot set a different amount in the rule, but you can manually adjust the amount on the order before you create the label, if needed.

Insurance Types Available in ShipStation


ParcelGuard is ShipStation's official shipment insurance partner for US-based accounts. You can add ParcelGuard to shipments no matter which carrier and service you have selected. Fees for ParcelGuard insurance are pulled from your ShipStation Balance.

Please review our ParcelGuard partner page for more details about using ParcelGuard or filing a ParcelGuard claim. Refer to the ParcelGuard Terms and Conditions for details about restrictions or special requirements.

Please note, ParcelGuard is not available in ShipStation Legacy.


Shipsurance is available for US-based accounts that still use ShipStation Legacy. Shipsurance fees are paid for with the payment method used for your ShipStation subscription.

Shipsurance will cover the declared value of the shipment beyond the carrier's default coverage. For example, if your UPS shipment is insured for $300, UPS would cover $100 of the shipment value and Shipsurance would cover the remaining $200.

Please review our Shipsurance partner page for more details about using Shipsurance or filing a Shipsurance claim. Refer to the Shipsurance Terms and Conditions for details about restrictions or special requirements.

Carrier Insurance

Some carriers offer their own additional insurance coverage, which you can add if your shipment is valued above their default coverage amount. Default coverage is the maximum value the carrier will protect against without purchasing additional insurance. No additional insurance needs to be added for shipments at or below the default coverage value.

For shipments valued above the default amount, add Carrier Insurance to the shipment if you wish the package to be covered entirely by the carrier. Keep in mind that this will result in a higher rate for your shipping label.

Please note that not all carriers provide default coverage or the ability to purchase additional carrier insurance. Additionally, the default loss/damage coverage, if available, is determined by each carrier. If you are unsure of the default coverage provided by your selected carrier, review your carrier's help center or contact your carrier support team.

Other Insurance

If you have purchased third-party insurance outside of ShipStation, you can indicate this per shipment in ShipStation. This option is available so you can identify that you purchased insurance for a shipment for a specific declared value. However, this option does not provide any additional access to file an insurance claim or allow you to enter the name of the insurer. It is for record-keeping purposes only.

Enable or Disable the Carrier and External Insurance Options

While ParcelGuard will always be available to add to a shipment, you can enable or disable the Carrier and External Insurance options, depending on whether you plan to use them. When disabled, the Insurance drop-down menu will not display the Carrier or External Insurance options.

To enable or disable these insurance types, go to Settings > Shipping > Insurance and click the toggle switch to the desired setting for each option.


Add Insurance to a Shipment Legacy Layout

The Insured Amt will default to the Amount Paid value. You can adjust this amount manually by typing in a new value. When entering the declared value, enter the full amount you wish to declare. Do not subtract the default coverage amount.

Using Bulk Actions to Apply Insurance

When applying insurance through a bulk action or an automation rule, the Insure Amt will always equal the Amount Paid value. You can edit the amount on each individual order before you create the label if needed.

Add Insurance to Multi-Package Shipments

If you are creating a multi-package shipment, the insured amount will be disabled. You must add insurance to each package in the shipment individually.