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I am selling a property in Portugal and need to send the

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I am selling a property in Portugal and need to send the deeds and supporting documents from the UK to Portugal. Should I buy additional insurance in case the documents go missing?

Hello - what would the cover be for exactly?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I am concerned that the deeds will go missing in the post so for that eventuality

Forgive me for stating the obvious but make sure you keep copies. You can insure the documents if they are valuable. The Mail service does have that facility although it can’t replace the documents, it can only give you money.

There are 2 services in the UK. There is the fully insured scheme with substantial compensation and there is also the signed for. The first one is tracked, the second one is just signed as being received. It isn’t tracked, it just goes with normal mail. I don’t know what the situation is in Portugal.

If they are really valuable then you might want to use one of the international couriers (instead of the normal mail) UPS or DHL or suchlike which is what my firm does when we send valuable documents abroad. As part of the process, they will ask what the value of the documents is and you pay the premium accordingly. That would be my choice.

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