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Cargo Insurance

Many of us have heard the term marine insurance and are well familiar with that type of loss prevention. Although marine insurance was originally conceived in order to provide coverage for ships as well as cargo on oceangoing voyages, it evolved over the years to also cover vessels which carry goods transported either over land, water or air, as well as the cargo itself and land-based storage areas.

Broad Definition of Ocean Cargo Insurance

Because marine insurance has taken on such a broad area of coverages, what was once marine cargo insurance is now referred to as ocean cargo insurance. This includes the goods which are being transported over water, most often in terms of international transport. It is also quite specific to ocean going vessels. This coverage begins when the cargo leaves its place of origin and is in effect until the cargo is delivered to its destination, in other words from warehouse to warehouse over international waters.

Liability and Ocean Cargo Insurance

Ocean cargo insurance is protection against loss, either partial or total, that occurs while cargo is in transport. There are different types of coverage which include liability that protects the carrier against financial loss as well as coverage for the person or corporation shipping the goods. Not every ocean cargo insurance policy will provide for the same types of loss so it is important to thoroughly understand the insurance policy you are buying.

Typical Losses Covered

Most often you can find the same coverages from company to company. Typical ocean cargo insurance would insure against loss as a result of cargo being stranded, the ship sinking while cargo is in transport, the cargo burning as a result of fire and even loss of cargo due to a collision between vessels on the water. Someone shipping expensive goods between nations would also want to be covered in any event that loss occurred due to a fault or error in the management or operation of the vessel.

Water Damage/Fire/Explosions

Quite often cargo is partially or totally lost due to water damage. This does not necessarily mean imaged by ocean water. Sometimes boilers burst and other times heavy weather exposes cargo to water damage from the elements. Other times there might be a defect in the hull or in the vessel’s machinery or there could be an explosion on the ship. Any time cargo experiences water damage it would be covered under certain types of ocean cargo insurance policies.

Other Types of Loss Covered

However, it is just the beginning of what can happen to cargo when in transport over the water. Sometimes cargo is improperly stored by the carrier and other times it is damaged by hook, mud or grease. Then of course, you need to take into consideration theft either in part or total theft. Sometimes your cargo just isn’t delivered and then there is pilferage, breakage and leakage. There are in fact so many ways in which cargo can be totally or partially lost during an oceangoing voyage that is always in your best interest to carry ocean cargo insurance.

There are a number of companies that specialize in ocean cargo insurance and the best way to find a policy that has the coverage you need at a price which is reasonable is to do some comparison shopping. Whether your shipment is worth $100 or $1 million, it is always wise to insure that cargo. You can find ocean cargo insurance quotes online so that you can choose both the policy and premiums that make sense to you. While you are free to choose the company you wish to buy ocean cargo insurance from, one thing is for sure. Never ship cargo between nations without insuring against loss.

Shipping lines and loading companies do not have insurance for your cargo. As a valued customer, we want you to know the facts before you ship.

Facts about Cargo Insurance:

  1. Car Export America insurance does not cover your valuable cargo, while in transit. If your container sinks to the bottom of the ocean, or catches fire, the maximum payoff will be $500 from the shipping line.

You need your own insurance policy.

  1. Accidents happen. Thousands of containers catch on fire, or drop in the water every year. If you don’t have insurance, as the consignee on the Bill of Lading and cargo owner, you will be liable for full shipping costs and cargo recovery expenses, even if your cargo is destroyed or damaged.
  2. The cost of insurance is minimal, and some customers already insure all their shipments. If you cannot afford insurance on every shipment, we strongly advise to purchase a policy on the most expensive boats.


Insurance Policies:

Car Export America offers two types of insurance: Total Loss and All Risk Coverage. Policies could be purchased on individual cars, or on full containers. Our policies are backed by Lloyds of London, the most secure and trusted insurance company in the world.

  1. Total Loss covers catastrophic events. When your shipment is completely destroyed and non-recoverable, this insurance policy will cover your losses. Total Loss policy does not cover accidental damages such as dents, scratches, and rough handling by the ports. The cost of this policy is 1.5% of the shipment value.
  2. All Risk Coverage insurance is more expensive and all-inclusive policy. It includes Total Loss and covers accidental damages such as dents, scratches, and rough handling by the ports. The cost of this policy is 2% of the shipment value.

Ordering is simple, we only need the VIN number of the car, and its declared value. The rest is handled by our Insurance Specialist.



Total Loss Coverage: 1.5% value of the car + freight

Goods being shipped are insured for a total loss/total damage to the entire shipment resulting from any of the following risks during transit:

1) Collision
2) Overturning or other accident
to the truck, train, boat or plane.
3) Derailment
4) Fire
5) Lightning
6) Sprinkler leakage
7) Cyclones
8) Hurricanes
9) Earthquakes
10) Floods
11) Collapse of dock
12) Jettison
13) Stranding
14) Sinking

This is catastrophic coverage. Must be a Total Loss (Total damage) to the entire shipment caused by any of the 14 covered perils listed above.

Deductible: None

All Risk Coverage: 2% value of the car + freight

Goods being shipped are insured against All Risks of physical loss or damage (partial & total loss) resulting from any external cause while in transit (door to door); including extended coverage for Loading and Unloading, War, Strikes, Riots, Civil commotions, Duty, Theft and Non-delivery of any portion of the shipment (individual items and/or the entire shipment). Subject to the Standard terms and any applicable special commodity terms and deductible listed below.

This is the Broadest All Risk coverage available anywhere, subject to very few exclusions which are standard in every cargo policy and considered to be rare; such as terrorism, nuclear events, radioactive contamination, delay in transit, improper/unsuitable packaging and willful misconduct by the insured.

Deductible: Cars, Vehicles, Automobiles: Each car trader claim is subject to a 5% (minimum $500.00 USD) deductible of the insured value of the entire shipment.