Time Limits for Filing a Claim

Time Limits for Filing a Claim Against the Carriers & Liabilities of Carriers

I.  International Shipments

Carrier Liability if No Value Declared Report Loss or Damage within: Report Concealed Damage within: Report Nondelivery within:
Steamship (COGSA) $500 per package 1 year from delivery Report in writing within 3 days of delivery 1 year from scheduled delivery
International Airline $9.07 per pound 7 days from delivery 7 days from delivery 120 days from scheduled delivery

II.  Air Shipments within the United States

Carrier Liability if No Value Declared Time Limit for Losses Report Concealed Damage within:
UPS $100 per package 9 months 9 months
Alaska $.50 per piece 15 days 15 days with “good cause”
US Air $.50 per lb 9 months and 9 days 15 days with “good cause”
American Air $.50 per lb 120 days 15 days
Continental $.50 per lb per piece affected 120 days 14 days
Delta $.50 per lb 9 months and 9 days 15 days
DHL $100 30 days 30 days
Federal Express $500 90 days 15 days
Northwest $.50 per lb or $50 9 months and 9 days 15 days absolute
Southwest $.50 per lb 120 days 14 days with exception
United Air $.50 per lb 9 months and 9 days 15 days absolute