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UPS Declared Value: What You Need To Know

By Last updated on: July 3, 2019

UPS provides all packages automatically with $100 worth of liability for loss or damage. A shipper can choose to declare a higher value for the shipment with an additional charge. With this in mind, UPS specifically states that UPS declared value is not insurance.

What does UPS declared value cost?

As mentioned before, the first $100 of your UPS declared value is free of charge. But anything over $100 incurs a $1.05 fee per $100 of value. There is a catch here, the minimum charge is $3.15 for any UPS declared value fee. As a result, it will cost you the same amount to increase the liability to $150 or $300. 

What is the maximum UPS declared value?

  • $50,000 for a package shipped when a UPS account number is provided or from a location of The UPS Store.
  • $5,000 for a package shipped using a payment card as the payment method via UPS Internet Shipping.
  • $1,000 for packages returned via UPS Print Return Label, UPS Print and Mail Return Label, Electronic Return Label, or 1 UPS Pickup Attempt, Return Services, and UPS Returns on the Web.
  • $1,000 for a package shipped via a third-party retailer.
  • $500 for a package shipped at a UPS Drop Box.
  • $500 for an international shipment containing jewelry.
  • Additionally, shippers cannot declare a value for UPS Prepaid Letters.   
  • $999 for packages shipped using Shipper Release.

Page 171 of the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service specifically indicates that UPS does not offer insurance on any item with a declared value in excess of $100, and insurance should be obtained elsewhere. Whenever a shipper declares less than $100 of value, UPS will pay out the lowest of $100, the declared value, the depreciated price of the item, or the repair cost.

UPS is not liable for loss or damage resulting from:

  • Articles of unusual value
  • Prepaid Letters
  • Insects or vermin, deterioration, dampness of atmosphere, extreme temperature, ordinary wear or tear
  • Improper packaging
  • Perishable Commodities
  • Human remains
  • Checks: UPS will not pay for the face value of the check
  • Fluorescent tubes or bulbs
  • Data stored on any media
  • Acts of God, natural disasters, war risks, acts of terrorism, nuclear damage, acts of public authorities, riots, strikes, civil unrest, disruptions in air or ground transportation networks, or adverse weather conditions;
  • Finally, any package or shipment without a scan

Declared value fees can truly add up without a shipper ever noticing. Small fees on each package can go unnoticed. In conclusion, if you are not sure how much you spend on these fees, you need to look at Refund Retriever’s full suite of reports and analytics.

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This information above is a highlight of the areas our clients have problems with, therefore refer to the UPS service guide for the full list of limitations and exclusions. In conclusion, if you are interested in learning more about lowering your UPS declared value fees contact us at Refund Retriever.

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Brian Gibbs founded Refund Retriever in 2006 while running his first eBay based business and seeing the shortcomings of other shipment auditing companies. Refund Retriever's primary focus is FedEx and UPS parcel invoice auditing. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001, he then graduated from the University of Houston in 2004 with a JD and MBA. Gibbs has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and other publications discussing parcel auditing, shipping, e-commerce and more. Learn more at or call (800) 441-8085 for more information.

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