When you go to file an insurance claim, there is usually a period of time that you will have to wait before you can submit a claim. This is a common practice in the shipping industry especially for loss claims. As delivery times are estimates and are not guaranteed, most carriers or insurance providers will have a waiting period before a claim can be submitted. Shipments that are delayed but still in transit, are generally not considered lost and a claim for loss may be denied. The waiting period ensures that the shipment is not experiencing a prolonged delay. For this reason, the waiting period will vary based on the shipment’s destination (i.e. U.S., Canada or international).
Waiting periods for Chit Chats Insurance
Claims for damage
- U.S. - Immediately
- Canada - Immediately
- International - Immediately
Claims for loss
- U.S. - 30 days from the ship date*, 45 days if shipped to APO or FPO addresses
- Canada - 30 days from the ship date*
- International - 45 days from the ship date, 60 days if shipped to an address in Italy
*Due to the delays that carriers are experiencing from the pandemic, timelines have been extended. If your claim was denied due to the shipment still being in transit, please wait an additional 14 business days before submitting a dispute to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your shipment was returned due to a COVID-19 service suspension, please contact us with your shipment ID for further details on postage refunds.
Important! All claims must be submitted within 90 days of the postage purchase date. The Insured will have one (1) year from the date postage was purchased to provide any required and/or additional documentation which has been requested of the Insured to substantiate said claim. In the case that required and/or additional documentation which has been requested goes ninety (90) days with no document submission will result in denial of the claim. Claim can be reopened upon submission of requested documents if documents are submitted within one (1) year from the date postage was purchased. Failure to provide the required and/or additional documentation within one (1) year from the postage purchase date will result in the denial of the claim.
Waiting periods for carrier insurance
If you are looking to file a claim for carrier insurance (i.e. USPS, Canpar and with the exception of Chit Chats Canada Tracked) you will need to confirm the waiting period with the carrier. Each carrier has different waiting periods dependent on:
- The type of claim (e.g. loss or damage)
- The shipment’s destination (e.g. U.S. or international)
- The service used (see USPS)
For example, claims for USPS Priority Mail shipments can be filed after 15 days and must be filed within 60 days of the original mail date. However shipments to military addresses (APO/DPO) can be filed after 45 days and up to one year after the mail date. Claims for USPS Priority Mail International shipments can be filed 7 days up to 6 months after shipping.
Chit Chats Canada Tracked
Carrier insurance claims for Chit Chats Canada Tracked shipments can be filed 10 days after the ship date and must be filed directly with us. All claims must be initiated within 30 days of the original ship date with Chit Chats.