Marine Insurance

Define your own insurance coverage for your shipment

Kef provides you with the best marine insurance that you can find.

Marine insurance companies are known to be very difficult to deal with in the event of a claim, but this is not so with Pac Global, our insurers for over 34 years.   They offer fair, responsible coverage for your shipment.
Using our simple guidelines, you will define your own insurance coverage for your shipment.
One of many factors which will give you peace of mind throughout your move with Kef.

Marine insurance is always for replacement value in similar condition at destination. See below for a list of suggested multiples to get from value at origin to value in Israel.

The 2 ways to get all-risk (damage and loss) shipping insurance.

  1. Easiest and most comprehensive: Lump Sum at $12/lb. and the rate is 25% less expensive than the alternative. No need to list and evaluate everything in your shipment, only goods you pack yourself and items (or groups of items) valued above $3000. Example: 800 cubic feet x 6.5 lbs./cubic foot x $12.00/lb = $62,400 insured value   Here is the LumpSum spreadsheet for listing and valuing your high value (above $3,000) and self-packed goods.   It will also show you the cost of the coverage according to your choice of deductible.
  1.  List and value (replacement at destination in similar condition) everything in your shipment. If it is not on the list, it is not insured. The value you assign is the maximum claimable value.  Here is the Comprehensive Valued Inventory spreadsheet for listing and valuing your goods.      It will also show you the cost of the coverage according to your choice of deductible.  Though it is not such an easy task, detailing and valuing the contents of your shipment, you can group items of similar value, and minimize the value of groups of things you care less about.


Insurance related decisions, lists, and documents are due 2 weeks before pickup.


If by 2 weeks before date of pickup (or receipt at origin warehouse) we have not received from you a valued inventory, we will insure you for Lump Sum at an optimal deductible–$500 for more than $40,000, $150 for less.

Minimum premium, if not using Lump Sum

$0.65/cubic foot or $90, the greater ex: 1000 cubic feet x $0.65 = $650 at 3%, that will insure you for $21,667

Make a list of goods in your shipment totaling that amount.  It’s important to include every category, even if you minimize values of some categories.     Feel free to group items of similar value (eg. 400 books $10/each).

Coverage: From packing to delivery, sold as a percentage of insured value (i.e. 3.0% = $30 per $1000 of insurance).

Condition of goods: Take pictures; make sure packer records condition on packing list.

Previously packed goods: If goods were recently packed by professionals, present invoice of packing to Kef before pickup. Otherwise UNSEAL boxes; make sure packers inspect and repack as necessary. There are costs to unpack in order to repack.

Lists: You are insured only when the final list is received, approved, and paid for, and you are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of your lists.

Crating: The following must be crated to be insured:

  1. Goods which packers recommend crating
  2. porous items (i.e. marble, glass, granite), unless packers are confident of alternative packing
  3. pianos insured for more than $5,000
  4. instruments not in hard cases.

Marine Insurance in Storage


You are covered for 60 days at the shipper’s warehouse at origin and 60 days at an approved warehouse at destination. To extend either, you must give notice and pay for the extension before the expiry date.

Storage which is not in the port:

If goods go to self-storage with key and access, your marine insurance ends, and it is worthwhile purchasing insurance from the warehouse. If goods remain in the port, go to commercial storage or self-storage with no key or access, marine insurance can be extended, and there is no need to buy insurance from the warehouse. If you have a key and/or access to your goods, your marine insurance ends

Access to goods not stored in the port:

When your goods are in storage that is not within the port, you are not permitted to communicate directly with the warehouse agent or to have access to your goods, except with specific prior arrangement with Kef and the agent as to the time, date, and purpose of the access. The agent must guarantee a) that you will not have access to your goods, unless accompanied by the agent and b) that any/all additions, inspections, or removals will be recorded and signed for by you and the agent. Otherwise, your marine insurance coverage ends and cannot be renewed without a full inspection and re-inventory of all the goods in the shipment.

Location of warehouses, whether within or without the port: Stored goods, as goods in transit, may well be moved between warehouses without notice.

Making Claims

Signing the release:

If the container seal is broken or any box or crate is open when you first see it, or if there is any other sign of damage, record it on the delivery receipt. If the trucker does not have a receipt, create one and keep a copy. Be as detailed as possible. Check the pieces arriving against the packing list or cube sheet and record the results of your check on the delivery receipt. You MUST make a count of items as they come off the truck–noting shortages. Otherwise it will not be possible to claim missing items; use the bingo sheet, whenever possible.

Claims process:

If goods are damaged or missing, photograph the evidence – packing materials and broken items/glass. In the case of items missing, it is essential to note their absence on the delivery receipt (the bingo and the signed sheet), and to notify everyone of their absence–Kef, Pac Global, and the Carriers.   In the case of claims above $10,000, save evidence until the surveyor comes. You have 45 days to register a claim and another 90 days to submit all supporting documents. To begin the claim process, please review this page.   Notify Kef and the insurance provider online. There is no survey for damages under $10,000; repair/replacement estimates are sufficient. If likely damage exceeds $10,000, the insurance company will hire a surveyor.

Missing items:

You MUST make a count of items as they come off the truck–noting shortages. Otherwise it will not be possible to claim missing items; use the bingo sheet, whenever possible.   If goods were loaded from your home directly into your exclusive container and then from the exclusive container, directly into your home, it is, nearly impossible  to make a case for missing goods.  It is essential to note their absence on the delivery receipt (the bingo and the signed sheet), and to notify everyone of their absence–Kef, Pac Global, and the Carriers.

Goods are uninsured:

If they are not on your list (unless you insure lump sum), or you do not pay for insurance.

Arranging your own delivery: Your marine insurance will end when your truckers take possession of the goods, unless the truck and movers are insured for at least as much as your marine insurance policy. Your truckers must issue and you sign a delivery receipt listing the number of packages received and any damages or missing goods.


If you insure for values below replacement value at destination, claims will be proportionally underpaid, either based on the percentage of under-valuing of the total shipment or on the under-valuing of the items for which claims were filed–the greater of the two.

1. Personal papers: Can be valued by the box. Insurance will cover the entire box if it gets lost or the boat sinks.

2. Self packed boxes: To insure for damage, not only loss, leave boxes unsealed, so packers can inspect,  repack as necessary, seal, and not mark them as packed-by-owner (PBO). That costs extra if your shipment is not full-pack. If you seal them yourselves, they can be insured up to $300, only for loss and theft, and only if you list contents (books, clothes, etc.) before pickup.

3. Be sure to list accurate quantities of similar items.

4. Insure items in groups only if they are of equal value. Use accurate quantities.

Final authority with marine insurance rests with the policy and the endorsement.

Recommended multiples from USA to Israel replacement value. Feel free to change them, if you know better. :0)
Multiples Replacement Value
ritual objects 1
books—Kodesh 1
small appliances + microwave 1.5
European appliances 1.5
computers and peripherals 1.5
art objects, collections, collectibles 1.5
sports equipment: bikes, etc 2
musical instruments 2
books and paper items 2
furniture: indoor, outdoor, office 2.25
kitchen items: dishes, flatware, china, miscellaneous 2.25
linens 2.25
carpets and rugs 2.25
clothes 2.25
major US appliances 2.75

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