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Damaging weather conditions, rough handling by carriers, and other hazards to cargo make insurance an important protection for exporters. If the terms of sale hold the exporter responsible for insurance, the exporter should either obtain its own policy or insure the cargo under the 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.

The World Trade Center San Diego has the ability to assist in all logistical aspects of importing/exporting, including help with obtaining proper insurance for your shipments.

If you need assistance identifying the right policy, contact World Trade Center San Diego at 619.615.0868 or
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