Marine insurance


If you are planning to ship goods by sea (including road, rail, and air), in particular high quantities of goods, marine insurance is essential to the smooth running of the transaction. If you find yourself in dispute with an insurance company, a shipping solicitor can help you file a claim.

Is insurance available for shipping?

Many companies offer tailored insurance for shipping. Insurance can cover personal shipping, such as shipping of personal goods, cars and yachts. Insurance is also used by companies who trade internationally to insure against loss or damage to commercial goods.

Is insurance for shipping necessary?

Damage and loss to property being shipped can occur, particularly when the transit is long. Damage or loss can occur in the form of:

  • Human error
  • Damp
  • Fire
  • Breakag
  • Theft

Shipping insurance protects against loss or damage to property in such circumstances.

Is insurance included in shipping costs?

Many shipping companies exclude themselves from liability for any damage or loss that occurs to your property whilst it is in transit. Accordingly, it is necessary to purchase insurance to cover such possibilities.

Most shipping companies will offer insurance as part of their shipping package for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can purchase insurance separately from an insurance company.

What if uninsured damage or loss occurs?

Sometimes you may have insurance but the loss or damage that occurs to your items may be excluded from coverage. If you dispute that the loss or damage is not covered by the policy, you should negotiate with the shipping company or insurance company.

Can you sue for compensation?

There are some built in protections in ocean transit. Your shipping solicitor will be able to advise you on the various international conventions which provide basic protecting for shipped goods.

These will oblige the shipping company to pay out a certain amount in some circumstances, but if this does not equal the value of your cargo then you are likely to be out of pocket. This level of protection also varies from market to market, so have your solicitor enquire on your behalf on a case-by-case basis.

Are you in the early stages of setting up a business shipping goods by sea? See how a shipping solicitor can help.

If a shipping company refuses to negotiate any payment of compensation, Contact Law can put you in touch with a shipping/maritime solicitor to help you take legal action. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or fill in the web-form above.

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