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#1 Dave Kanehann SOC

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 10:37 PM

Hello Forum, 


Do any of you have a preferred shipper that insures high value? I found out today that Fed EX Ground only insures up to 25K. I need to go up to 55K to ship some gear domestically. I am with Walter P. Dolle personally, but does anyone know of a shipper that can insure at least 55K? DHL? UPS? I am used to flying with my equptment so this is new. I would perfer to have the burden of shipping insurance on the shipper primarely. Any thoughts? Thank you for any experienced input in advance.




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#2 Lisa Sene

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 05:27 PM

Hi Dave,


I have experience with shipping gear from working at a rental house, though I haven't shipped my Steadicam gear for a job yet (only flown with it).


Generally shipping companies won't insure for very high values as they want the customer to have their own insurance. In the rental house world, gear is typically insured by the end user, though in some instances the rental house ends up insuring for transit. In these instances, some rental houses choose to take the UPS/FedEx/etc. insurance and insure for their deductible. For example, if your WP Dolle policy has a $500 deductible, you would insure the shipment via FedEx for $500, and the rest would be covered under your WP Dolle insurance. 


If you're able to have production's insurance agent write into the COI that your gear is covered in transit, that is ideal (can be spelled out under description of operations). If the shipment isn't related to a production, then I would insure under FedEx or whatever shipper you use for your WP Dolle deductible and your WP Dolle insurance will cover the rest in the unfortunate event anything happens. 


Good luck!



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#3 Dave Kanehann SOC

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 05:38 PM

Thanks Lisa!
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