Cargo insurance

Cargo insurance – what is it about?

During transit, loading, unloading, or while in storage, your cargo is exposed to numerous risks: accidents, negligence, robbery, fire, natural perils and similar. It is a common misconception that liability insurance obtained by cargo carrier or freight forwarder shall cover these hazards. Not quite so: carrier’s liability insurance shall only apply in cases where the carrier is held liable for the incident. Furthermore, carrier’s liability insurance is subject to international conventions that limit liability of the carrier to a certain value per kilogram of cargo. In other words, the same insurance indemnity would be paid for the same weight cargo of timber and smartphones!

To prevent this from happening, a proper cargo insurance is highly recommended. Cargo insurance is the protection of cargo owner’s interests, when the transported cargo is damaged, destroyed or lost due to the insured perils. The policy is valid throughout the cargo transportation cycle: loading, transportation by road, air, water or rail, storage in the transhipment warehouses and unloading at the point of destination.

What risks will we insure against?

  • All risks, except for uninsured events – for brand new cargo

  • Named Perils (accident, robbery, fire, etc.) – for the used cargo

  • Effect of temperature fluctuations – for temperature sensitive cargo

What can be insured in addition?

  • Costs of cargo rescue and removal from the road

  • Damage to packaging and labels

  • Civil disturbances

  • Risk of war during air transportation

  • Radiation, chemical and / or biological weapons

  • Cyber-attacks that affected cargo during transportation

BUNDA cargo insurance advantages

  • Large sum insured per event

    Our sum insured can amount to EUR 5 million or even more for each insured event.

  • No limit for the policy period

    There will be no policy aggregate, i.e., number of the insured incidents per policy period shall not be limited.

  • Worldwide protection

    We cover cargo transported worldwide, except for war disturbance areas.

  • Cover for extra expenses

    We can insure extra expenses (loss of profit, freight, insurance costs, etc.) related to cargo damage.

Practical examples

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Theft of the robotic vacuum cleaner cargo

Losses: EUR 25 thousand

Part of the robotic vacuum cleaner cargo was stolen during its transportation. The vacuum cleaners in the packing boxes were replaced with bricks, thus maintaining the unchanged cargo weight.

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Theft of the theatrical costumes

Losses: EUR 150 thousand

During the transportation, actors’ clothing for a theatre performance were stolen.

Practical examples

Cargo insurance_Robotic cleaner sample kowon-vn-R3KYh1a3xfU-unsplash
Theft of the robotic vacuum cleaner cargo

Losses: EUR 25 thousand

Part of the robotic vacuum cleaner cargo was stolen during its transportation. The vacuum cleaners in the packing boxes were replaced with bricks, thus maintaining the unchanged cargo weight.

Cargo_Theatre clothing sample tamara-gak-1vZAezBEADw-unsplash
Theft of the theatrical costumes

Losses: EUR 150 thousand

During the transportation, actors’ clothing for a theatre performance were stolen.