Insurance Types for Your Import Export Business
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To run your import/export business successfully you need to make sure various parts of your business are insured. This includes employees, export credit risk insurance, and cargo insurance. Today we will be breaking down what each of these three types of insurances entail for your import/export business. To begin, you need to care for your employees. Most insurance plans cover illnesses or injuries that your employee might incur on the job. One thing to be aware of is that workers’ compensation insurance laws vary among states so you should check with your insurance agent for details in your area. Another thing to be aware of is that employees that work from home might have different policies. For example, if your employee gets injured in their home office, your homeowners’ insurance may refuse to pay on the grounds that it’s actually a workers’ comp case. You will also need export credit risk insurance. You can purchase several types of export credit risk insurances that are designed specifically for the new exporter and small to mid-sized enterprises. These policies protect you in the event that your foreign buyer decides not to pay you for either commercial or political reasons. Cargo insurance is the last kind of insurance that you will need. The cost of insurance usually runs about 1 percent of the insured value. With cargo insurance you will get peace of mind and, in the event of a cargo misadventure, your insurance coverage should include enough to repay you for not only lost or damaged products but for your extra time and trouble and those lost profits. Choosing to insure your employees, export credit risk, and your cargo is something that all import and export businesses should do. Your business will survive when the unthinkable happens and be able to handle any financial bumps in the road. For more information on import/export businesses stay updated here on our monthly blog.