Is your cargo protected? Consider shippers insurance

coast guard putting out ship fire

With recent news headlines like the MSC Zoe losing containers overboard in the North Sea, and Hapag Lloyd’s Yantian Express battling a vessel fire, among others, 2019 is already off to quite a start in the category of vessel incidents. Shippers may want to take the opportunity to review what protections or insurance they currently have in place to secure the safety of their cargo in transit. 

Logistics providers by nature plan for the most effective routings, transit times, etc. when mapping out parts of their customer’s supply chains, but one very real facet of the supply chain industry is unpredictability.

Whether it’s through a catastrophic weather event, a vessel fire, or riot or crime, the supply chain can be susceptible to many disruptions and therefore, so can your cargo. 

When cargo becomes impacted by a major weather event, for example, businesses that are not well versed in the fine print found within the shipping line’s terms and conditions are often unaware that their cargo is uninsured by the vessel line or logistics provider after it arrives damaged or does not arrive at all. Both shipping lines and logistics companies’ liability are protected legally by force majeure clauses within their tariffs or terms and conditions.

BDP International, Inc., a global logistics provider with over 50 years of experience in the industry, has focused on offering a cost-effective insurance solution for our customers as part of our marine policy that provides full coverage for our freight with minimal exclusions. Shippers interest insurance, also referred to as cargo insurance, allows logistics providers like BDP International to offer insurance for all primary modes of transport, including warehousing, at a low cost to their customers in comparison to what they may pay on the open market. BDP focuses on offering shippers interest as an alternative for those customers uninsured, underinsured or those that just do not want to see claim payments limited or denied as the result of industry standard liability limitations and force majeure clauses found in contracts and terms and conditions.

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We also provide our customers the opportunity to pick or choose what shipments they would like to insure so they are not committed to an all or nothing offer.

For more information on shippers interest, please feel free to reach out to me directly.