Marine Cargo Open Insurance Policy

  •  About Policy 
  •    Coverage 
  •    Extensions 
  •    Other Salient Features  

About Policy

At Magma HDI, we understand the critical need for your cargo to arrive at the destination, safe and sound. Accordingly, our Marine Cargo Policy covers goods (machinery, raw materials, finished goods etc.) during transit under a contract of affreightment.

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Primarily, this policy covers physical loss or damage to insured goods during transits by (a) sea (b) post or parcels (c) rail/road/air.

All overseas transits are subject to Institute Cargo Clauses A, B & C given by the Institute of London Underwriters. The brief coverage is as under:

Risk Institute Cargo Clauses
(Proximate cause) A(All risk cover) B(Wider cover) C(Basic cover)
Stranding, grounding, sinking or capsizing Yes Yes Yes
Overturning or derailment of land conveyance Yes Yes Yes
Collision of ship or craft with another ship or craft Yes Yes Yes
Contact of ship, craft or conveyance with anything other than ship or craft (excludes water but not Ice) Yes Yes Yes
Discharge of cargo at port of distress Yes Yes Yes
Loss overboard during loading/discharge (total loss only) Yes Yes No
Fire or explosion Yes Yes Yes
Malicious damage Yes No* No*
Theft/ pilferage Yes No No
General average sacrifice Yes Yes Yes
Jettison Yes Yes Yes
Washing overboard (deck cargo) Yes Yes No
War risks No* No* No*
Seawater entering ship, craft, hold,conveyance container lift van or place of storage Yes Yes No
River or lake water entering same Yes Yes No

*Can be bought back

Goods (merchandise) dispatched by rail or road from any place in India to another domestic location (not in conjunction with an overseas voyage) are subject to Inland Transit (Rail/Road) Clause A, B & C. The brief coverage is as under:

(a) Inland Transit (Rail or Road) Clause - A (all risks): covers all risks of loss or damage subject to exclusions

(b) Inland Transit (Rail or Road) Clause - B (basic cover): covers physical loss or damage caused by:

  • (a) Fire, lightning, breakage of bridges
  • (b) Collision with or by the carrying vehicle, derailment or accidents of the like nature to the carrying railway wagon/vehicle

(c) Inland Transit (Rail or Road) Clause - C: covers physical loss or damage caused by

  • (a) Fire
  • (b) Lightning


(a) For inland transit: Strike, riot and civil commotion

(b) For oversea transit:

  • War, strike, riot and civil commotion
  • Duty and increased value insurance (for imports only)
  • Seller's interest insurance (for exports with C&F or FoB terms only)

Other Salient Features


  • This marine insurance policy is assignable
  • The sum is fixed on 'agreed value' basis; normally with a margin of 10% on invoice price for incidental expenses
  • The premium rates depends on factors like nature of cargo, scope of cover, packing, mode of conveyance, distance and past claims experience
  • Policies can be issued for (a) specific transit. (b) Marine Open Policy with monthly declarations and (c) Sales Turn Over Policy with quarterly statements.

While every effort is made to deliver the best possible service to you, Marine Cargo Policy does not cover:

  • Willful misconduct
  • Ordinary leakage/loss in weight or volume , wear and tear
  • Improper packing
  • Inherent vice
  • Delay
  • Insolvency/financial default of carriers
  • War, strike, riot and civil commotion

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