The Air Cargo World

The largest air cargo plane in the world is the Antonov An -225 Mriya. This aircraft can carry 640 tons, and it is also the longest plane ever created. Its wingspan is 290 feet which is double the Wright Brother’s first plane of 120 feet. 1200px-Antonov_An-225_Beltyukov-1

The first air cargo flight took place in 1910 in the USA which was the Wright Model B airplane that carried silk for 65 miles. The silk business decided to use the plane for marketing purposes instead of actual transporting the goods since the store had just opened. The silk was cut into small pieces and glued onto postcards for souvenir purposes. But as the years went by the demand of air cargo transportation greatly increased.

Airbus created the Beluga. This aircraft might be the weirdest of all airplanes so far but it’s unique design provides 14,000 cubic meters of space which is roughly 36 cars.


The air cargo world transports yearly more than 51.2 million tons of freight and reached about 60 million metric tons of freight in 2017. This would be way more than 100,000 Antonov An-225 planes.


The highest share of airborne trade tonnage consists of the following commodities: computing equipment, machinery and electrical equipment. Animals and flowers are also a huge commodity demand for the air cargo world.

Large Cargo Freighter Arrival at Boeing Field

Written by Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)


The Major Ports of the UK embrace Brexit

Brexit, British Exit from the European Union, is being embraced by the major ports of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister of England believes that there would be greater opportunities for the United Kingdom “as an independent nation”. The ports that represent 75% of the US’s global trade supports the Prime Minister’s policy on the Brexit. This also includes leaving the customs union. The Prime Minister emphasizes how England will benefit by leaving the European Union because this would allow Britain to engage in new trade deals with other countries. Southampton which is the England’s number one export port “will play a key role in securing the future prosperity of” the UK. The port currently handles £40B exports per year with 90% of the cargo from other countries around the world which are outside of the European Union. The total cargo loads handled in this port amount to £75 billion.

The Department for Transport (DTF) of the UK is encouraging partners within the maritime sector to come up with new ideas to better secure, develop and grow the marine industry. Roger Hargreaves the Director of Maritime at DTF stated that in 2050 the marine industry would be most focused on the future of the ports and shipping. They are currently conducting a study that will soon be released that will convey the significance that the ports have. This will be one of the first times the government recognizes the importance the port has for the country and for the people.

With all your cargo shipping, please remember to contact us for your cargo insurance needs. We’d be glad to assist you.

By Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)


DHL Cargo Shipping – New Strategy

DHL has announced same-day delivery and next-day delivery for online retailers. This service was created to compete with Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service. The Parcel Metro service, according to DHL, is a network of delivery vendors and sourced drivers and vehicles. This will help ensure capacity and flexibility in last-mile deliveries. This new strategy for delivery is being testing already in Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

The software used by DHL allows them to find the best drivers for each route. The client can choose from several delivery times and preferred address for delivery. The customers can also track the goods in real-time, send instructors to the carrier, reschedule a delivery, and rate the experience. Retailers can customize the software mobile interface to show their business information to clients.

For DHL, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce sales grew 16% in 2017 while total retail sales grew 4.4%. The results are already showing with DHL’s new business strategy. Remember that cargo insurance is important for all types of cargo, especially retail. Ramon USA provides the best rates and coverage for retail types. Please feel free to contact us for more details.

By Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)


Full Replacement Value and Cargo Liability Insurance

Understanding the difference between Freight Insurance and Freight Liability is a crucial part of the freight and/or logistics industry, especially in an unfortunate event that you need to process a claim. The questions you should be asking yourself is what is the covered by the liability, what is covered by the freight insurance (Full Replacement Value Called All risk that we offer), and what is the difference.

The key point here is to analyze what is the extent of the carrier’s liability for freight loss under the applicable law and/or coverage, and what is the extent of the carrier’s freight insurance protection for that liability.

For example, there are three types of coverage offered by Ramon Inc. One of the coverage is called ALL RISK. This policy covers ANY damages while in transit. This includes damages from physical external cause along with partial or total, theft and catastrophe. This means that if the goods are not covered by All Risk then the insured/shipper is relying solely on the carrier’s contingent liability policy for insurance coverage should there be damage or loss during transit. Since it is a liability policy, the carrier is protected by statue and subsequently limited on their liability to pay claims. This affects the level of individual contract of carriage which was entered by the shipper and carrier. If the shipper imposes any commercial pressure on the carrier, or if the carrier is guilty of gross negligence, or the transit is subject to the Carmack Convention for interstate shipments in the US, then the limited liability of the carrier may be challenged.

Please keep in mind that in case of a claim and relying upon the carrier’s cargo liability insurance, you will be faced with an expensive and timely process that will ultimately involve lawyers and added expenses that accrues. Usually in a claim case, a carrier’s limit of liability is only $1,500. Most of the time customers are lead to believe that the trucking insurance general liability of $100,000 covers their cargo for full replacement value. This is not the case. The $100,000 covers them for all the loads that they haul. Within the fine prints of the contract of carriage, they have a limit of liability of $1,500 per claim. Just like ocean vessels have $500.00 limit of liability per container even if the goods in the container are valued at $500,000. The same with all airlines, they have limit of liability per luggage and/or cargo they carry on-board.  Therefore, Ramon Inc. with more than 31 years of experience in the market strongly advises everyone within the industry to check all the details/information prior to booking cargo insurance with any company or relying on the trucking company’s cargo insurance policy. This policy is simply a mandatory requirement by the DOT for any trucking to operate, and it is very limited.

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Written by Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)

Freight Biosecurity Alert in New Zealand

In the Port of Auckland, New Zealand a biosecurity alert has been actioned after four ro-ro car carrier vessels were unable to land their cargo. All vessels on services from Japan were carrying new and used vehicles. These vessels didn’t realize that they weren’t just carrying the cargo but along with it the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). This is an insect in the family of the Pentatomidae that is native to China, Japan, the Koreas, and Taiwan.

The BMSB is one of the top five unwanted bugs in New Zealand. This insect is a serious agricultural pest that can readily cause damage to crops. They feed on a wide array of plants such as apples, apricots, Asian pears, cherries, tomatoes, soybeans, grapes, corn, and much more. For them to eat these fruits, they pierce the plant tissue and extract the plant fluids. With this type of eating, the plant loses all necessary fluids; this results in the deformation, destruction of the seeds and fruiting structures. It delays the plants maturation and increases vulnerability of the plant to harmful pathogens. Other common signs of the insect are pitting and scarring of the fruit, leaf destruction, and mealy texture of the harvested fruits and vegetables.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of New Zealand announced that because of the heightened risk of the BMSB entering the country, machinery and vehicles that comply with the fumigation certifications will be discharged since the ports of New Zealand do not have any facilities for this type of fumigation. Because of this over 6,000 automobiles have been unable to enter Auckland, New Zealand.

There are several threats of risk that your goods can face during transit. Making sure that your cargo is insured is extremely important. In this scenario, the insect is threatening the agriculture of New Zealand, and is causing delivery delays. With the cargo ships in limbo, this increases the chances of risk of the cargo ship and its freight.

Contact us today for a free freight insurance quote.

By Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)