Shipping older radios & insurance claims

L.G. Robertson digital-conjurers at ROADRUNNER.COM
Tue Nov 27 19:53:35 EST 2007

For what it's worth, this is from the FedEx "Service Guide"; (note item #4, 
this is the one that, according to FedEx Claims, relates to vintage radios):


Declared Value and Limits of Liability

    6. Shipments (packages or freight) containing all or part of the 
following items are limited to a maximum declared value of US$500:

          1. Artwork, including any work created or developed by the 
application of skill, taste or creative talent for sale, display or 
collection. This includes, but is not limited to, items (and their parts) 
such as paintings, drawings, vases, tapestries, limited-edition prints, 
fine art, statuary, sculpture and collector's items.
          2. Film, photographic images (including photographic negatives), 
photographic chromes and photographic slides.
          3. Any commodity that by its inherent nature is particularly 
susceptible to damage or the market value of which is particularly variable 
or difficult to ascertain.

          4. Antiques, or any commodity that exhibits the style or fashion 
of a past era and whose history, age or rarity contributes to its value. 
These items include, but are not limited to, furniture, tableware and 

          5. Glassware, including, but not limited to, signs, mirrors, 
ceramics, porcelains, china, crystal, glass, framed glass, and any other 
commodity with similarly fragile qualities.
          6. Plasma screens.
          7. Jewelry, including, but not limited to, costume jewelry, 
watches and their parts, mount gems or stones (precious or semiprecious), 
industrial diamonds, and jewelry made of precious metal.
          8. Furs, including, but not limited to, fur clothing, fur-trimmed 
clothing and fur pelts.
          9. Precious metals, including, but not limited to, gold and 
silver bullion or dust, precipitates, or platinum (except as an integral 
part of electronic machinery).
         10. Stocks, bonds, cash letters or cash equivalents, including, 
but not limited to, food stamps, postage stamps (not collectible), 
traveler's checks, lottery tickets, money orders, gift cards and gift 
certificates, prepaid calling cards (excluding those that require a code 
for activation), bond coupons, and bearer bonds.
         11. Ostrich and emu eggs.
         12. Collector's items such as sports cards, souvenirs and 
memorabilia. (Collector's coins and stamps may not be shipped. See the 
Prohibited Items section.)
         13. Guitars and other musical instruments that are more than 20 
years old, and customized or personalized musical instruments.

For your reading pleasure, the whole thing is at:

Again, for what it's worth, DHL has no such limits on vintage items, and 
they tend to be one of the ones I use as a result.



At 06:58 PM 11/26/2007, you wrote:

>As far as the disclaimer for unusual old and valuable items:  A couple of
>posters made the comment that they accepted the higher premium for the
>insurance.  However, I don't think that FedEx asks about nature of the
>contents when insurance is purchased, but perhaps they should!  Could be
>wrong about this, tho!

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