Freight Statistics and the Importance of Freight Insurance

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics which is update every 5 years, the movement of freight in the domestic and international trade during 2013 was 55 million tons of freight daily. And as the demand of freight transportation grows so does the concern for safety. Freight Insurance is an integral part of freight transportation.

Large trucks during 1990 to 2013 accounted for almost all freight transportation fatalities by 95.8%, and the majority of related highway fatalities involved passenger vehicles. Most hazardous material are transported by truck, and if there is an accident the damage is huge. About 2% of incidents in 2014 were accident related which composed 80.9% of all property damage.

This is just in trucking transportation so imagine the amount of damages and risks that take place during air transportation or ocean. Ramon USA (Ramon Inc.) offers the best coverages for your cargo during transit that will give you piece of mind. With the best rates and quality, we work with the best claim adjusters in the world with over 55 years of experience. Your claim is processed in just 7 days with 24-7 updates.

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.)