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Marine Cargo Insurance

An Insurance against loss by damage or destruction of cargo, freight, merchandise, or the means or instruments of transportation and communication whether on land, sea, or air.

• This policy covers goods,freight and other interests against loss or damage to goods whilst being transported by rail,road,sea and/or air.

• Different policies are available depending on the type of coverage required ranging from an ALL RISK cover to a restricted FIRE RISK ONLY cover.

• This policy is freely assignable and is basically an agreed value policy.

Transportation of goods can be broadly classified into three categories:

1. Inland Transport

2. Import

3. Export

The types of policies issued to cover these transits are:

1. Annual Turn Over Policy

ATOP by agreement covers transit of raw material, semi finished & finished products pertains to insured's trade i.e. Export, Import, Inter Depot movement incidental storage from originating point to destination point on seamless basis.

Key features of ATOP

a) Sizable saving in premium, which is charged only on your sales turnover.

b) Seamless cover with all movement of goods automatically covered

c) No hassles of submitting periodical declaration of movements to the insurer. Only monthly/Quarterly sales figures need to be submitted. ? Facility for payment of premium on half-yearly / quarterly basis.

2. Specific Voyage

In Marine Insurance, specific policies are issued to cover a specific single transit. Cover ends as soon as arrival of cargo at destination.

3. Open Policy

It is an Annual Cargo Insurance Contract expressed in general terms and effected for a round sum sufficient to cover a number of dispatches until the sum insured is exhausted by declarations.

The Open Policy, also known as the Floating Policy, saves the assured the inconvenience of affecting individually the insurance of goods dispatched within the country. The policy may cover both incoming and outgoing consignments from anywhere in India to anywhere in India. The sum insured under the policy should ordinarily represent the assureds estimated annual turnover of the goods.

4. Annual Policy

Annual policy is granted in respect of goods belonging to the Assured and or held in trust by the assured and not under contract of sale and or purchase which are in transit by road or rail from specified depots /processing units to other specified depots /processing units.

Important features of Annual Policy are:

a) Insurable interest to remain with insured.

b) Policy not assignable or transferable.

c) Issue of Annual policy to transport operators/contractors, clearing and forwarding agents.

d) Prohibited Policy is subject to the condition of average.

5. Open Cover

An open cover is an agreement (not a policy) whereby the insurer will accept insurance of all shipments made by the assured, within the terms of the cover for a fixed period, usually for 12 months. Being an agreement, it is not stamped.

However, stamped policies or certificates of insurance are issued against the declaration made by the assured. The open cover is of great convenience to the clients engaged in regular import/export trade.

Inland transit policies can be extended to cover the following perils on payment of additional premium :

1. SRCC - Strike, riot and civil commotion (including terrorist act).

2. FOB - Where the inland transit is required to be extended to cover the goods till they are loaded on board the vessel , this extension can be taken.

Export /Import policies can be extended to cover War and /or SRCC perils on payment of an additional premium.

Download 'Marine Cargo Proposal Form.doc' File