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Do I need cargo insurance?

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

We always recommend our clients and customers insure their cargo. This recommendation is not based on the possibility that something may happen to your cargo. We recommend this because international shipping goes hand in hand with possible risks even though they are very unlikely. The steamship lines take very good care of your merchandise. Unfortunate circumstances do arise and marine insurance will give you peace of mind.

"But isn't the carrier responsible for any losses of my cargo?"

The shipper sending the cargo to a specific destination often assumes that the carrier is responsible for transporting the cargo in perfect condition, or will receive compensation if the cargo is somehow damaged.

Relying on the coverage offered by the carrier is not enough. Generally, the carrier limits their liability to $500 per vehicle. We recommend that you purchase Marine insurance. The cost will depend on the value of your shipment.

We can help you with all of your insurance needs for international cargo shipping.

Please fill out the quote or call 1-904-356-4455 in our office to discuss about your shipping and insurance needs.

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