In order to protect your special belongings, Callahan Brothers developed specific procedures for preparing and shipping high value items. Items are considered to be “high value” if their value exceeds $100 per pound per article. Some items typically considered to be “high value” include jewelry, furs, antiques, silverware, crystal, art, oriental rugs, tapestries, collectibles, and some computer software. We strongly recommend that you move diamonds, gold, silver, and other small valuables yourself. A carrier is in no way responsible for cash.
If there are any high value items in your shipment, you must declare those items separately on our “High Value Inventory” form. This will ensure that you are not limited to the maximum liability restriction of $100 per pound per article.
If you are doing your own packing, do not seal any cartons containing high volume items. In order to ensure maximum coverage for you, the driver must be able to verify all your high value items. On your moving day, the driver will seal the carton and assign an inventory number in your presence. DO NOT WRITE ON CARTONS THAT CONTAIN VALUABLES.
It is imperative to understand the valuation option you select for your shipment will determine the method you use in claim settlement. Claims are still settled based on the type of valuation selected and on the merit of the claim being transit related. Strict adherence to the inventory process described above will determine whether a claim has occurred. It is important to note that verification of ownership and proof of value will be required for “high value” articles prior to settlement. If you do not have proof of value, we strongly recommend that you obtain an appraisal for these items prior to moving. These appraisals can also be important for your Homeowner’s insurance policy.
When articles of extraordinary value in your shipment are not in the High Value Form, the maximum carrier’s liability is limited to $100 per pound per article provided the shipments was released at a value greater than 60 cents per pound per article. Shipments for which the declared value is 60 cents per pound per article are not covered by this provision.