Cargo claims

Plane loading cargo

When things don’t go as planned, we’re here to help. It is important for our customers to understand our claims process and how claims are received and processed.

The rules that govern air carriage are not only for WestJet Cargo, they are applicable to all air carriers around the world.  All air shipments follow and adhere to certain conditions of contract, that are detailed on the back of the air waybills. You can also view the contract here.  

WestJet’s Cargo Liability

For transportation wholly within Canada, a shipment shall have a declared value of $1.10 per kilogram (but not less than $50.00)

International: 22 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) per kilo.

Step 1: Who can submit a claim? 

A claim must be submitted by either the client, shipper or consignee, provided the claimant is the person responsible for payment.

Step 2: Classifying your claim

There are three types of claims we can accept: 

  • Damage (to contents, shipping containers are not included)
  • Delay (not all delays will be covered)
  • Non-delivery (lost items)

**For invoice disputes, please do not submit a claim. Please contact our accounts receivable department via email at or by phone at 1-888-444-6685.

Note: The permitted timeframe noted above is the time between the shipping date and the date of your claim submission. 

Step 3: Gather your information and supporting documentation, including but not limited to: 

  • Air waybill copy
  • House air waybill (if applicable)
  • Packing list
  • Original receipts or cost invoices
  • Destruction certificate
  • Supporting photographs 

Step 4: Submit your claim