Marine Cargo Insurance Policy - HDFC ERGO (2023)

  • Introduction
  • Covers
  • Why Choose HDFC ERGO?
  • Introduction
  • Covers
  • Why Choose HDFC ERGO?

Introduction

The international business carries significant risks. The importing and exporting of goods can expose you to massive financial losses in case your international shipments gets damaged or destroyed in transit.

HDFC ERGO’s Marine Cargo Insurance not only provides the best protection for your cargo but also understands the importance of swift response and efficient service in handling your claims. Catering to both importers’ and exporters’ needs, the coverage is comprehensive and flexible with international shipments protected from the time the goods leave the seller’s warehouse until they reach the Buyer’s warehouse.

The party usually responsible for insuring the goods is determined by the sales contract. To help you familiarise yourself with the Buyer’s and seller’s responsibilities, HDFC ERGO can extend its experience in respect of the most common sales contracts, i.e. ex-Works, Free on Board(FOB), Cost and Freight (CFR) and Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF).

The Marine Cargo Insurance offers four types of covers

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Institute Cargo Clause (C): Named Peril basis

This is the most restricted clause and covers only: loss or damage reasonably attributable to Read More...

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Institute Cargo Clause (B): Named Peril basis.

This cover is similar to ‘C’ Clause, but in addition covers: Read More...

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Institute Cargo Clause (A)

The widest form of cover under Marine Cargo Insurance in so far as it relates to the perils covered. ICC (A) is an unnamed perils clause.

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Institute Cargo Clause (Air)

This is the most restricted clause and covers only: loss or damage reasonably attributable to

  • Fire or explosion
  • Vessel or craft being stranded grounded sunk or capsized
  • Overturning or derailment of land conveyance
  • Collision or contact of vessel craft or conveyance with any external object other than wate
  • discharge of cargo at a port of distress and loss or damage caused by – General Average Sacrifice / Jettison.

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This cover is similar to ‘C’ Clause, but in addition covers:

  • Earthquake, volcanic eruption or lightning
  • Washing Overboard
  • Entry of sea, lake or river water into the vessel, craft, hold, conveyance, container, liftvan or place of storage
  • Total loss of any package lost overdoard or dropped whilst loading onto, or unloading from, vessel or craft.

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Extensions

Various clauses can be added on depending upon the nature of the goods being carried. The Institute Cargo Clauses comprise a range of covers from the most comprehensive ones such as (A) Clauses to the basic minimum protection available termed (C) Clauses.

Additional cover can also be provided for the following:

  • Loading and Unloading
  • Customs duty
  • Removal of debris

Sum Insured

This is an agreed value policy. Normally, the insurance is taken for CIF +10%.

Premium

The insurance rate depends on a variety of factors such as the nature of the cargo, scope of cover, packing, mode of conveyance, distance and past claims experience.

Policies are customisable to your needs,
explore other various types of policies:

Open Policy

If you're at fault in an accident, liability covers damages you cause. That could mean damage to other vehicles, property (mailbox, street sign, house, etc.), or even other drivers'/passengers' injuries. Plus, liability covers you if someone sues you over an accident.

Open Cover

This policy covers all the marine sendings of a client in a 12 month policy period where the voyage involved is import or export

Specific Voyage or Time Policy

These policies are issued to firms that require coverage for a specific voyage. It is suitable for those firms who seldom require marine cargo policies in the course of their trade.

These policies are issued on a "from and to" basis and the cover commences once the goods leave the place of origin named in the policy and terminates on delivery at the place of destination.

Sometimes these policies are also issued in terms of duration of the voyage, in which case the cover commences on the date and time specified for the same in the policy. Inland specific transit will exclude terrorism.

E-marine

HDFC ERGO has the facility which provides any time marine certificate issuance facility to clients/ intermediary. This facility is provided free of cost and can be availed by anyone who Buys open marine cover or policy from HDFC ERGO.

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Duty Insurance Policy

Customs duties form a major part of the cost of imported goods. Once the goods land at the port of destination custom, duty becomes payable.

In case the goods are damaged during the transit from the port to the importer's warehouse, the CIF value is not sufficient to represent the actual value of the goods since the custom duties should have already been paid.

This additional element of cost can be covered by a duty Insurance Policy. Claims under a duty policy are only payable if the claim is otherwise admissible in the marine cargo policy covering the goods.

Seller’s Contingency Policy - I

In almost all export transactions where credit is allowed by the seller to the Buyer and the goods are not exported on CIF basis, responsibility for the goods passes to the Buyer when the goods are loabed on to the overseas vessel. but ownership does not change until the Buyer accepts the goods and relative documents.

Thus, if the seller is allowing credit to the Buyer and has shipped goods on FOd terms, where the responsibility for loss or damage to the goods is passed to the Buyer when the goods are loabed on to the overseas vessel, the seller has no control over the conditions of the insurance cover arranged by the Buyer.

In the event of loss of or damage to the goods in transit from a peril insured against and the Buyer refusing to pay for such loss or damage, the seller could stand to lose financially. Seller's Interest or Contingency Interest cover could help to prevent this.

The cover is normally arranged as an extension of FOd cover. The seller's interest cover in effect retrospectively reinstates cover, as per Institute Cargo Clauses as provided for in the policy and allows the seller to be protected in an area where he has no control over the insurance arrangement.

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Why HDFC ERGO?

Secured Over 1 Crore+ Smiles!

Trust redefines relations at HDFC ERGO. We consistently strive to make insurance easier, more affordable and more dependable. Here promises are kept, claims are fulfilled and lives are nurtured with utmost commitment.

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Why HDFC ERGO?

All the support you need 24x7

We understand that in times of distress, instant help is the need of the hour. Our In-house claims team provides round the clock support to ensure hassle-free claim experience. We ensure to be your constant support system in times of need.

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Catering customer needs

Since, last 16 years, we have been catering to endless customer requirements endlessly. By providing wide range of plans for every portfolio.

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Why HDFC ERGO?

Transparency at its best

HDFC ERGO General Insurance claims are settled with utmost transparency and ease.

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Why HDFC ERGO?

Awards

We have received the ICAI Award of the Year and excellence in financial reporting for the year FY: 18-19.

Why HDFC ERGO?

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Secured Over 1 Crore+ Smiles

Trust redefines relations at HDFC ERGO. We consistently strive to make insurance easier, more affordable and more dependable. Here promises are kept, claims are fulfilled and lives are nurtured with utmost commitment.

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All the support you need-24x7

We understand that in times of distress, instant help is the need of the hour. Our In-house claims team provides round the clock support to ensure hassle-free claim experience. We ensure to be your constant support system in times of need.

(Video) Marine Cargo Claims Management - Ep.01

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Catering customer needs

Since, last 16 years, we have been catering to endless customer requirements endlessly. By providing wide range of plans for every portfolio.

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Transparency at its best

HDFC ERGO General Insurance claims are settled with utmost transparency and ease.

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Awards

We have received the ICAI Award of the Year and excellence in financial reporting for the year FY:18-19.

FAQs

What is marine cargo insurance policy? ›

Marine insurance covers the loss or damage of ships, cargo, terminals, and any transport by which the property is transferred, acquired, or held between the points of origin and the final destination.

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Which of the following is a type of marine insurance policy? ›

Marine Cargo insurance is a type of insurance policy that covers the loss or damages caused to marine cargo during transit. The protection is offered to the cargo owner along with the cover to the cargo for any loss or damage caused due to delay in the voyage, ship accident or unloading.

What is not covered in marine cargo insurance? ›

Marine Insurance doesn't offer any coverage in the following cases: Loss or damage due to the willful act of negligence and misconduct. Any loss or damage due to delay. Loss or damage due to improper packing.

How do I get marine cargo insurance? ›

  1. Basic Client Information.
  2. Type of Cover (All risk (A) or basic coverage (B))
  3. Policy Duration.
  4. Nature of Commodity and its description.
  5. Value of cargo (Sum Insured)
  6. Custom Duty (In case of Import)
  7. Packing Description.
  8. Mode of Conveyance (Sea, Air, Rail, Road or Courier)

How much does marine cargo insurance cost? ›

Q: How much does marine cargo insurance cost? In most cases, the insurance cost is around 0.5% of the total value of the cargo. This cost will vary based on the type of goods, the origin and destination, and whether it's being shipped in a closed or open container.

What are two types of marine cargo insurance? ›

What are the Types of Marine Cargo Insurance?
  • Protection and Indemnity Insurance.
  • Marine Cargo Insurance.
  • Floating policy.

What is risk in marine insurance? ›

As the name entails, all risk marine insurance is cargo insurance that covers any and all instances of theft, loss, or damage to your cargo. The insurance policy is all-encompassing and covers the following instances of theft, loss, or damage: Stranding.

What are two types of marine insurance? ›

The three most common types of marine insurance are hull, cargo, and protection and indemnity (P&I). There is no such thing as a standard marine insurance policy and not all marine insurance companies insure against the same risks in the same type of policy.

Who is responsible for cargo insurance? ›

Quite simply, it's what the carrier is responsible for when it comes to shipment losses, damages and delays. However, there are exceptions – 17 to be exact, including: any loss or damage resulting from an act of the shipper (that's you);

What is a cargo insurance? ›

What is Cargo Insurance? Insurance that generally protects shipments from loss, damage, or theft while in transit. This coverage is beyond basic claims insurance that may be provided, and it will reimburse for the designated value of the goods if a covered event occurs while the freight is in transit.

What are the 5 principles of marine insurance? ›

The fundamental principles of Marine Insurance are drawn from the Marine Insurance Act, 1963* As in all contracts of insurance on property, the contract of Marine Insurance is based on the fundamental principles of Indemnity, Insurable Interest, Utmost Good Faith, Proximate Cause, Subrogation and Contribution.

Why do you need marine cargo insurance? ›

Marine Cargo Policy insures property / cargo while in transit against loss or damage from associated risks. It is specially designed to meet the regulatory needs of exporters and importers. The terms of the cover will depend on: Commodity.

What is the difference between cargo insurance and marine insurance? ›

Marine insurance includes cover for the hull, machinery, third-party liability, the shipment/goods carried in the vessel, etc. In the case of cargo insurance, insurable interest lies in the cargo or goods carried from the place of origin to the final destination.

What are the 5 principles of marine insurance? ›

The fundamental principles of Marine Insurance are drawn from the Marine Insurance Act, 1963* As in all contracts of insurance on property, the contract of Marine Insurance is based on the fundamental principles of Indemnity, Insurable Interest, Utmost Good Faith, Proximate Cause, Subrogation and Contribution.

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