For SMEs engaged in international trade, shipping typically generates a large proportion of overall business costs. It is understandable then, that the extra expense of cargo insurance can seem a costly addition that's rarely likely to offer returns. However, it might only take one significant incidence of cargo loss, damage, or even delay to impact an enterprise's ability to operate. Moreover, such incidents do occur in international transportation—more often than you might imagine.
Ultimately, the decision whether or not to insure your cargo is yours to take—but not to take lightly. It is one best made with a sound knowledge of the role of cargo insurance, and why one day, it may save your business.
The final piece of documentation is your cargo insurance certificate. Mapo Express always ask our clients to check prior to shipment; who is responsible for insuring the cargo? If in any doubt please ask us for advice. We are able to offer you a separate quote for your freight insurance via our trusted marine insurance brokers.
All-in freight management
Here’s how Mapo Express can help. Not only can we prepare your transport documentation but you can also outsource to us the preparation of the commercial invoices, packing lists, Certificates of Origin etc. In fact, any document you are required to prepare to meet your customers’ requirements. Our service can start from the moment that you are quoting for an export order. At this stage we can advise you up front what documents you will need and how much it will cost. We can do all of this in our in-house export management software system Exportease – just another example of the value we can add to your business.
At Mapo Express we can save you time for your business by helping with import and export documentation. We can help you get paid for your exports by using our letters of credit services. And we can save you money by helping you with understanding exporting incoterms and export finance options. And by making sure your documentation is correct we can ensure faster transit and customs clearance so you can deliver your goods to your customers on time.
The importance of insurance
Since the transportation of your goods is mostly in full hands of third parties (forwarders, carriers), you cannot exercise influence on the safety on your cargo. In addition to this, carriers and transporters hold only limited liability. To make sure that risks and liability are organised and clear for all related parties, the so-called INCO-terms define the liability of transport and delivery at any given time during (international) transport.
However dull and tedious the INCO-terms might be, we dearly advise you to inform yourself with these terms. They might save you from great and unwanted frustration.
Shipping charges can be obtained by using the cost calculator function in myCrossflight. There is a basic set of assumptions that enable us to insure a shipment and allow for a subsequent claim to be made for any loss or damage:
Road freight service options:
- You are the owner of the goods and/ or are purchasing the insurance on behalf of a customer you are selling the goods to
- You are domiciled in the UK
- Goods have no pre-existing damage
- Goods are not on either 'excluded' or 'referral' lists
- Goods are suitably packed for transit
If you are unable to agree to all of these assumptions please contact our Customer Services team who will refer to our insurer to confirm if we are able to insure your goods and also offer professional packing solutions.
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