Packing Guide: Be Careful Packing Pricey Items

Items of Extraordinary Value

Items of extraordinary value are important to you and when you work with a professional moving company - they are important to your mover as well. You must identify all items in your shipment considered to be of extraordinary value in advance of your items being loaded on a moving truck. Advise your moving company in writing that these extraordinary value items are in your shipment. These items are defined as having a value greater than one hundred dollars per pound, per article.

Some examples:
  • Antiques
  • Crystal
  • Precious Stones or Gems
  • Art Collections
  • Currency
  • Silver and Silverware
  • Cameras
  • Figurines
  • Video Cameras
  • Computers and Computer Software
  • Furs
  • Coin, Stamp or Card Collections
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Wine

When transporting items of extraordinary value you must complete and sign a “High Value Inventory” sheet. In the event of a claim, any settlement is limited to the value you declare for the entire shipment. If you fail to list all extraordinary value items and/or fail to sign the High Value Inventory sheet, the van line or moving company liability for loss of or damage to those items will be limited to no more than $100.00 per pound per article. This is based upon the actual weight of the article and does not apply to shipments under the "basic carrier liability" option.

You must declare the total amount of the released value that you declare for your goods. This total should include the value of items, including all items of extraordinary value. Record the total value on the bill of lading. Please note that the protection for items of extraordinary value is not available for shipments released to the van line's value of 60 cents per pound per article (basic carrier liability option).