Bournes International Removals Insurance

A little extra peace of mind in protecting your move.

Whilst we take every care to ensure your belongings arrive safely and securely at your new home our insurance options give you a little extra peace of mind should the unexpected happen.

We know it can be confusing to compare insurance options when you’ve got quotes from several removal companies, so here we’ve aimed to make the cover we offer as clear as possible so you can make an informed decision.

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If you do not take out Bournes Insurance Cover:

Like most International Movers Bournes have chosen to make our costs for insurance visible to our customers to allow them to make the choice whether they would like us to carry the risk in the event of an accident by paying an insurance premium or if they are happy to carry the additional risk themselves. 

Limited Liability is the default protection in place for our customers if no optional insurance cover is selected. 

Under our Terms and Conditions, in the event that you do not take out optional removals insurance, the amount of liability we accept, reflected in the cost of your move, is limited to a maximum claim of up to £40 per item and up to £40 for the contents of a carton that is lost or damaged as a direct result of our negligence or breach of contract, unless agreed otherwise in writing.

  • Negligence means being able to establish that the damage was caused as a result of a failure to perform our duties in a way that would reasonably be expected of a removal company in similar circumstances. A good example could be if a neighbours dog escapes and trips a crew member over when carrying an item of furniture, it may be difficult to identify if they were negligent or if this was an accident that could have happened to any reasonable person. 
  • Breach of contract means we did not perform a service that we had agreed to perform to a professional standard. A good example is if we did not use appropriate packing material to protect items within a carton when we're contracted to provide a packing service. 

Bournes operate the British Association of Removers Terms and Conditions as approved by the Trading Standards Institute. 

If you select Bournes International Insurance:

If you'd like us to carry the additional level of risk in the event of an accident we offer a specially designed International Removals Insurance which we arrange on your behalf with our Insurers and includes: 

  • Door to door cover whilst your belongings are in our care and control including that of our global partners, subject to our terms and conditions, for the following: 
  • Cover for items we pack for all risks of damage or loss during the course of your removal service in the event of an accident, even if this wasn't a result of negligence or breach of contract. 
  • Owner packed goods are covered for all physical loss/damage excluding breakage, scratching, denting, chipping and tearing unless directly caused by fire or collision as we cannot determine condition of goods prior to the move. This excludes claims for missing items unless an itemised inventory is provided prior to the move.
  • Loss will be compensated for based on the new for old value based on the cost to replace at destination as declared by you on your valuation form. (in the case of clothing a reasonable amount will be deducted for wear and tear). 
  • Damage will be compensated for on the basis of reasonable repair costs up the replacement value. 
  • Cover includes general average contribution and salvage charges in the unlikely event of the shipping vessel getting into difficulty in transit.

You will be required to complete a valued inventory of your belongings prior to loading. 

You can review our full insurance terms and conditions here. 

Upgrades Available:

  • Pairs and Sets Cover: As standard insurance covers the value of the damaged item only, this upgrade covers replacing of an entire set if an item cannot be repaired or purchased on its own. 
  • Electrical and Mechanical derangement: As standard cover excludes mechanical or electrical damage/derangement unless reasonably attributable to physical damage this  upgrade removes this exclusion for items under 10 years old subject to professional packing by us and our testing prior to packing.
  • Mould and Mildew Cover:  As standard cover does not include loss/damage as a result of a change in atmospheric conditions, mould or mildew this upgrade extends cover to include this risk. 

If you would like to choose any of these upgrades but do not see these options on your quotation please contact your move consultant. 


Just tick the box on your acceptance form to confirm you'd like to accept this option and complete the value of your belongings in the declaration box and we'll be happy to arrange this insurance on your behalf.


In the unlikely event of a claim we will do everything we can to make the claims process move quickly and smoothly.

You must notify us within 30 days of delivery of your move and your claim must be confirmed in writing, we will then explain the next steps in the claims process in order for the insurer to evaluate and progress your claim and will assist where possible in completing any documentation.


Please contact your Move Consultant who will be happy to help you compare our insurance options and explain more about what cover each level provides. You can also check out our blog post covering some of the important things you need to know about removals insurance which is especially helpful when comparing your options between different removal companies. 


Contact us to get a customised quote for your move and find out how the process could work for you.