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Losses Happen

Cargo insurance protects your financial interest in goods shipped both domestically and internationally.

No matter how robust your loss prevention strategy may be, it is reported that 30% of all freight damage in transit is unavoidable and most losses occur on the way to or from the ports. Furthermore, the FBI estimates that up to $30 billion in cargo theft occurs every year. All these causes of loss and much more are fully covered in the cargo insurance coverage facilitated by Vector Global Logistics.

Carrier Liability Limitations

Cargo owners are often unaware that while carriers have liability for damage to cargo, they also have the legal right to limit their liability and do so aggressively. Therefore, the amount of recoverable is usually much less than the actual claim amount.

Without cargo insurance in place, in the event of a loss you may only be indemnified for a small portion of what your cargo is worth, or not at all depending on the cause of loss. Cargo insurance provides protection for the full commercial invoice value plus freight.

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Carrier Exclusions

It is important to note that carriers are only liable (for a limited amount) if they are considered negligent. Carriers are not responsible for losses that are unforeseen or beyond their control.

Carriers are not held liable for:
  • Acts outside their control
  • Fire (unless caused by the actual fault or knowledge of carrier)
  • Acts of god (heavy weather, earthquake, lightning, hurricane, tornado, etc.)
  • Acts of war
  • Acts of public enemies
  • Strikes, riots and civil commotions
  • Insufficient packing, insufficient, or inadequate marks

General Average

When loss and damage is shared by all, know that you’re covered.  
General Average is:
  • A partial loss that is shared proportionally by all parties involved in the voyage (cargo owners and the vessel owner).
  • A General Average Act occurs when any extraordinary sacrifice or expenditure of cargo, equipment or funds is intentionally and reasonably made or incurred in order to preserve lives or property involved in a common maritime adventure.

General Average is a common, yet widely unknown risk that can affect any shipper moving goods by ocean vessel. When General Average is declared, overall costs for cargo loss and damage as well as costs for any damage to the vessel itself are assigned proportionally to each shipper.

This can total hundreds of thousands of dollars and must be paid immediately in the form or cash or a bond. Cargo insurance will respond to these expenses and complications which would otherwise be financially devastating events.

In a General Average, even if your cargo does not suffer any damage, you could suffer a tremendous financial loss, and cargo insurance covers that financial loss for you.

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Protect Your Financial Interests

Perhaps most valuable to cargo owners, Cargo insurance is a first party insurance coverage. This means that in the event of a covered loss, the insurance company will pay out the claim to the shipper and then, if necessary, will go to court against the carrier in order to try to recover some or all of the loss they paid out.

In other words, the shipper does not need to retain an attorney to sue the carrier for damages or prove negligence. The insurance company will work to recover the loss, keeping the cargo owner’s efforts to a minimum.

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Why purchase cargo insurance from Vector Global Logistics?

By purchasing cargo insurance from Vector Global Logistics, cargo owners secure the broadest possible coverage for their goods. Coverage provided by Vector Global Logistics is backed by the largest and most respected insurance broker in the industry, the largest and most experienced cargo insurance market in the world, and direct claims handling and servicing teams. Talk to Vector Global Logistics about insuring all your shipments to ensure that you will be properly compensated for unavoidable losses.

What do our clients say?

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In working with Vector Global Logistics for the past six months, I have found the team to be courteous, professional, and very responsive. Even when unforeseen issues arise with customs or at a shipment’s destination, Vector promptly researches those issues and provides updates in a timely manner.

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— Angie
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Vector acts with integrity, honesty and professionalism always. They have an unwavering vision of mutual benefit that transcends just being focused on profit margins, and more so on supporting NGOs achieve their humanitarian and development goals. A lot of times during all the chaos, Vector can be depended on to mitigate challenges and achieve favorable results.

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— Kevin
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Me gusta mucho su forma de trabajar, proveen la información que se requiere para poder brindar un buen flete, me gusta mucho el apoyo y la continuidad que le dan a los fletes, desde que llega la unidad hasta que se entrega la mercancía. Me gustaría mucho seguir trabajando con ustedes por un largo tiempo.

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— Cliente Mexicano
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Vector Global has been a tremendous asset to our team for logistics. They have gone above and beyond assisting us with our renovation projects. One key project was located in St Kitts. They put so much time and effort into educating us on this island after we quickly learned that it was not like the others, we were accustomed to working on. Simple tasks like equipment rental were not easy to coordinate and Vector provided options/contacts for these aspects of the project which were a great help. Our team also made a huge mistake with a delivery in Hawaii by signing for freight that was not delivered complete. Vector was extremely diligent in researching and repeatedly contacting every waypoint of the freight transit, which resulted in locating the missing freight! This was an incredible relief to our team as we were prepared to absorb costs of both the lost material and replacement material. I cannot speak highly enough of Vector Global Logistics and their services – they are awesome!

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— Colleen
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Vector Global is the broker for shipments coming from our Malaysia facility to the States. When I am in need of ETA for a container, I email them with the pertinent information. They have always returned my emails in a timely matter with the information I need. This is very important, as I am the customer service representative and it is critical that I get shipment information to my customers.

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— Pamela
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