Shipping Guide - Insurance

Sending a Shipping Advice to overseas buyer/importer/consignee is a good practice in international trade of exports and imports. When shipping a product overseas, the exporter must be aware of packing, labeling, documentation, and insurance requirements. It is important that exporters ensure that the merchandise is: Packed properly so that it arrives in good condition; Labeled correctly to ensure that the goods are handled properly and arrives on time at the right place. “As Prime freight forwarders it is the major responsibility of the company to keep the products of the clients safe and secure and this is the benchmark of the quality of services provided by us to our valued customers.”


Damaging weather conditions, rough handling by carriers, and other common hazards to cargo make insurance an important protection for U.S. exporters. If the terms of sale make the exporter responsible for insurance, the exporter should either obtain its own policy or insure the cargo under a freight forwarder's policy for a fee. If the terms of sale make the foreign buyer responsible, the exporter should not assume (or even take the buyer's word) that adequate insurance has been obtained. If the buyer neglects to obtain adequate coverage, damage to the cargo may cause a major financial loss to the exporter.
Shipments by sea are covered by marine cargo insurance.
Air shipments may also be covered by marine cargo insurance or insurance may be purchased from the air carrier.
Export shipments are usually insured against loss, damage, and delay in transit by cargo insurance. Carrier liability is frequently limited by international agreements. Additionally, the coverage is substantially different from domestic coverage. Arrangements for insurance may be made by either the buyer or the seller, in accordance with the terms of sale. Exporters are advised to consult with international insurance carriers or freight forwarders for more information.
Although sellers and buyers can agree to different components, coverage is usually placed at 110 percent of the CIF (cost, insurance, freight) or CIP (carriage and insurance paid to) value.