The Suez blockade is costing homeowners goods on the affected vessel. The General Average Maritime Law generates costs for uninsured shippers that can reach up to half the value of the goods

The Suez blockade is costing homeowners goods on the affected vessel. The General Average Maritime Law generates costs for uninsured shippers that can reach up to half the value of the goods

In the event of a maritime incident, the General Average / GA law applies, which is a principle of maritime law, whereby all parties involved in a maritime incident proportionally share the costs resulting from rescuing or restoring the ship. . "General average" (GA) has its origins in ancient maritime laws, and its principle applies in all countries.

In the event of certain incidents, it may be necessary to sacrifice part of the cargo to save the ship. For example, if the crew throws certain containers overboard to lighten the ship in a storm, the loss would be shared proportionally between the ship’s owner and the owners of the goods.

When these situations happen, crew members generally have very little time to react and make decisions, so they do not consider choosing the containers to be thrown away. In order to avoid misunderstandings in which he could lose precious time, the “General Average” appeared, a fair practice by which all cargo holders whose goods arrived safely at the destination, will have to contribute a certain percentage to the whose goods were thrown overboard.

The recent incident in Suez, after which the canal was blocked by a ship for almost a week, generated costs for restarting the ship and repairing it. Although no damage was reported to the cargo, the total cost of the operation will amount to a considerable amount, because the damages requested by the Suez Canal administration will be added (he was expected to file a claim of approximately 1 billion USD) and other shipping lines affected by delays.

In a few days, traffic in Suez will return to normal, but the owners of the goods on the vessel that blocked the canal could wait a very long time until they take possession of the goods, respectively until the insurers take into account all claims. of the parties involved, will calculate and pay the amounts related to the General Average (GA).

The last time the General Average (GA) was declared was after the fire in 2018 when the ship Maersk Honam caught fire in the Arabian Sea, the recovery guarantee being then 42.5% of the value of the goods and 11.5% GA deposit (Basically, a shipper who had goods on that ship worth $ 100,000 had to pay $ 54,000 to get it).

Such incidents as a result of the application of the General Average (GA), seriously affect the shippers with uninsured goods, because the owner of the vessel does not release the goods until the payment of the General Average (GA) tax. Shippers with insured goods will have GA covered by their insurers.

Why do you need goods insurance?

Something unforeseen can happen to your cargo at any time: maritime disasters, storms, shipwrecks, containers falling overboard, ships breaking, fires, blockages in the canals, etc.

If your goods are not insured, you will have to pay the expenses directly without receiving any compensation, this leading to considerable losses for your business.

There are various types of insurance policies and to choose the right one you must take into account the INCOTERM in which you perform the transport, the type of goods, the route, the risk it covers.
Cargo insurance, depending on the type of policy and the risks covered, works like a CASCO or RCA policy. Thus, in case of an incident you are not subject to unforeseen expenses. The reaction time for the effective payment of damages from IB Cargo insurers is a very good one, the client recovering his money on damaged / missing goods in a short time.
IB Cargo specialists can help you choose the policy that minimizes your risk and offers you peace of mind that no matter what happens you are protected and you will not face situations that affect your budget and business.
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