07-23-2009, 02:19 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SF Bay Area, California
OK the info I quoted from USPS is wrong about insurance coverage. The $25,000 amount applies to domestic shipments. For international, this is what is stated from USPS:
Registry service provides security and limited indemnity protection for First-Class Mail® International and Priority Mail International Flat-Rate Envelope and small flat-rate box items. Items bearing an address in pencil or any erasable format are not accepted as Registered Mail.
This optional extra service is not available with Priority Mail International flat-rate or variable weight parcels, or Express Mail International® services. Registered items can be sent to all destination countries except the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Iraq, Montenegro and Somalia.
All destination countries have an indemnity limit of $47.93 and a registry fee of $11.50. For detailed information about Registered Mail, see the International Mail Manual.
Effective January 2006 the addressee is the payee on claims for registered items delivered in damaged condition or with contents missing, if addressee accepts delivery of the item. If addressee waives their right to payment, in writing, or the item is returned to sender, the sender then is eligible to file a claim.
So it seems like $47.93 is the limit (which is OK since Priority International FRE you cannot buy insurance so at least you get some money back if something gets lost or damaged.
I'm still curious about the online info once the item is delivered as Mike has pointed out.
Maybe next time if I have a low value item (something under $50) shipping to Canada, I will try it out and see what happens. Worse case scenario, item gets lost or stolen I'll get most if not all my money back.
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