The threat of physical damage to cargo is a constant worry for shippers, and for a good reason. It is, without a doubt, the most common type of damage that cargoes face during their journey and on average represents approx 28% of all claims we receive at Recoupex. Physical damage is when cargo in transit is damaged due to impact damage, container collapse, freeze, fire, gas, liquid, odor contamination or as a result of rough handling. Cargo claims related to physical damage are frequent, making it vital for shippers to be proactive in safeguarding their shipments.
One of the most effective ways to prevent physical damage is by ensuring that your cargo is properly packaged. Use sturdy materials, cushion fragile items, and secure everything tightly to minimize movement during transit.
Selecting a reliable and experienced carrier can make all the difference. Experienced carriers are well-versed in handling different types of cargo and are more likely to exercise care in transporting your goods.
When cargo is stowed correctly, it minimizes the risk of shifting, sliding, or colliding during transportation, which are common causes of physical damage. Secure items in a stable and organized manner, the potential for cargo to impact each other or the container’s walls will be significantly reduced, ultimately leading to a safer and damage-free transit.
The significance of possessing substantial evidence that demonstrates the cargo was loaded, secured, and packed in strict accordance with industry-best practices cannot be overstated. This evidence not only serves as a safeguard but also as a testament to the meticulous attention given to ensure the cargo’s safety and integrity throughout the logistics process. It offers a critical layer of protection and reassurance, not only for your business but also for your clients and partners.
Physical damage to cargo is indeed a significant threat and can result in costly cargo claims and potential losses. Protecting your cargo starts with awareness, proactive measures and lastly, consider partnering with an expert company like Recoupex. A leader in marine cargo claims and recoveries. Their expertise in cargo claims can help you with the complex process of recovering losses in case of physical damage.
Recoupex is a hub of transport lawyers – experts in cargo claims. We assess your case quickly. We have successfully recovered claims from Maersk, Sealand, Hapag-Lloyd, Mediterranean Shipping Company – MSC, CMA CGM, and other carriers.