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Common cargo insurance misconceptions

Friday, November 5th, 2010

People who are new in the business of transporting cargo, might have different perceptions about cargo insurance. We noticed two main misconceptions when dealing with the specific terms:

-Who is responsible for a specific type of loss?

-How much of the coverage is paid by the insurance companies?

Regarding the first question, the shipper sending the product to a specific destination, often assumes that the carrier is responsible for transporting the product in perfect conditions, or compensate if the product is somehow damaged.

However, the fact is that carriers cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss incurred by natural disasters. Natural disasters are unpredictable and, although they don’t happen all the time, the fact is that your goods could get damaged or wet on board. Owners and shippers have to make sure that the consignments are packed well, but also need to buy adequate cargo insurance coverage customized for coverage in case of the unexpected happens.

Relying on the coverage offered by the carrier or the supplier is not enough. Obtaining a separate cargo insurance gives the owner control on the type and amount of protection .

-How much of the loss is paid by the insurance company?

Shippers themselves are liable if the cargo is stolen or mishandled. Generally, the carriers typically limit their liability and compensation for the stolen or damaged goods. The coverage that carriers normally offer, are not enough to pay for  replacement.

According to the bill of landing and the tariffs, the carrier may limit their liability to a very minimum amount. So, it is advisable for the shippers to purchase their own cargo insurance coverage rather than taking a chance of incurring big losses. By factoring in cargo insurance into the total cost, shippers can take control and and limit the risks. Find out how can help you get a great quote.

Tips for shipping fragile goods

Monday, October 4th, 2010

People shipping antique, artworks, or luxurious items that may cost thousands of dollars, might discover that the container holding the goods was damaged due to rough handling or accidents. The thought itself is enough to create anxiety among shippers. However, there are other options for moving consignment. This article presents some ideas for shipping fragile items.

First, before choosing the type of shipping, consider the value and the weight of the consignment. A standard postal method is best for sending small items that are worth not more than $100, but if you are thinking of moving a heavier objects, say that more than 40lbs or worth more than $100, then choose an alternate shipping method like trucking service or overnight delivery services.

Packing is the most important part of shipping, especially when mailing delicate items. Make sure to wrap the item well and secure it with a tape. It is better to use extra padding, such as shredded paper, hay or foam. In addition, use a box approximate to the size and shape. Do not send the merchandise out in an excessively larger container to prevent the goods from moving and hitting against each other or the container’s wall. One way of better protecting the merchandise, is to place the package inside a bigger box to double the protection. Make sure the box is well sealed and use a “Fragile” label to avoid mishandling.

Last and most importantly, carefully choose a cargo insurance that covers the shipped item for its true value. Request information from to get a cargo insurance that serves your purpose.

Move your expensive items anywhere in the world with the assurance that they are completely covered and protected

U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Websites of some of the U.S. Embassies and Consulates arond the world













How to get coverage for the true value of your shipment?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Cargo transition is a challenging task and finding the right cargo insurance for it is not that simple. Generally, insurance providers offer coverage based on the weight of the goods and not on the actual value of your cargo. This can be a cause of stress while you transit household goods. Expensive crystal glass items, even though weigh less, are often very expensive. has done the research and will connect you with cargo insurance companies that offer complete replacement value. These specialized insurance will offer more protection than regular Contingent Coverage. A Primary Insurance Coverage is exactly what is required to insure items for its true value.

Most Insurance companies that offer Contingent Coverage don’t pay much for damages to goods transited by land, pay limited amount of coverage for sea shipments, and items transported by air are insured by kilograms. At the end of the day, the policy holder might not be getting back the true value of the goods shipped. Obviously, a higher coverage can be chosen, but even paying for more coverage doesn’t guarantee compensation for the loss of the priciest items.

The Primary Insurance Coverage compensates for the actual value of the lost goods. This type of insurance covers almost all items traveling by land, air or sea, whichever destination they are traveling to or coming from, and even if they are regarded as high risk. The Primary Insurance coverage even overrides the carrier’s responsibility regardless of the terms and conditions.

Generally, Primary Cargo Insurance can be obtained through direct dealing with top rated insurance companies. These insurance companies have been rated by the insurance experts for their financial integrity, the way they meet their obligations and make payment for the claims. These insurance providers have underwriters specialized in dealing with cargo and the risk involved in cargo shipment even in case of total loss due to war or strikes.

The holders of the Primary Cargo Insurance can afford to relax as the insurance provider is able to repay for any amount of claim.

Request our online cargo insurance quote to get coverage for the true value of your cargo.