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It Will Never Happen to You, But What if it Does?

JAS Insurance Solution for Your Peace of Mind

By
Sarah Wilbanks
December 15, 2020

On November 30, 2020, the ONE APUS container ship encountered severe weather conditions while in route to California. As a result, at least 1,816 containers were lost overboard in one of the largest container losses on record and several more were damaged due to a significant stack collapse.

The World Shipping Council reports that every year an average of 1,382 shipping containers are lost at sea. While JAS and other service providers do everything possible to mitigate risk the situation with ONE APUS is just one of many events highlighting the unpredictable, and uncontrollable, disasters that can damage or destroy cargo while in transit. In these circumstances, cargo insurance can help protect against financial losses. JAS can provide insurance policies for both international and domestic shipments. Our experts can help guide you in finding the best protection fit for you and your needs.

Many shippers believe that the carriers' will cover any losses incurred. While in some cases this is a possibility, it is easier said than done. To recover the loss, you must prove the cause of the loss and that the carrier directly caused the loss. Losses caused by acts of nature frequently have no legal recourse against the carrier. Even when the carrier is proven liable, the maximum recoverable amount is limited to a fraction of the value of the freight. It rarely covers the cargo's full replacement value, or any damages incurred from losses in productivity.

Considering the number of containers displaced/lost, experts are of the view that this incident on the ONE Apus could be the worst ever containership disaster with potential loss and costs running into hundreds of millions."  Shipping and Freight Resource, Dec.5 2020

Beyond a carrier's liability limits, vessel owners can hold shippers liable for losses incurred to goods transported by claiming General Average. This is a maritime law principle whereby all stakeholders in a sea venture (shippers/consignees and shipowner) proportionally share losses resulting from a voluntary sacrifice incurred to save the vessel and cargo otherwise at risk. Suppose General Average is declared, and your cargo is neither damaged nor lost. In such cases, the marine insurer will cover the contributions you are due to pay before your cargo is released to make the onward journey, but this may be subject to an applicable deductible. Uninsured cargo owners must put up a cash bond before their cargo is released.

Through JAS, you can ship your cargo globally with a cost-effective Shipper's Interest insurance coverage, and in most cases, with zero deductible. In the event of a claim, JAS will administer the claim on your behalf, making reimbursement easy and headache-free. We produce the necessary paperwork, present the claim to insurers for efficient processing, organize and coordinate inspection surveys, and take any other steps required for the particular claim at hand. You need not be concerned with a General Average contribution because JAS's Shippers' Interest insurance also protects you and covers this extra cost without delay. JAS can therefore ensure that undamaged cargo is released to you as soon as possible.

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Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a key role in sustainable shipping.

Over time, the volume of goods being transported on European roads has steadily increased, leading to congested roads, delays, and unnecessary costs. As shippers look to avoid these issues, many are considering short sea shipping as a viable solution.

What is short sea shipping?

Short sea shipping is essentially container movement within Europe, but with a short time on the sea. Short sea shipping is an excellent alternative to road freight. However, it is not a matter of dismantling road transport. It is about environmentally smart alternatives that improve existing supply chains.

What are the advantages of short sea shipping?

  • Increased Reliability: One significant benefit of short sea shipping is that shippers receive goods in a reliable, consistent, and timely manner. Unlike road transport, which is prone to delays and irregular logistics flow due to congestion, short sea shipping allows for scheduled departures and arrivals.
  • A Sustainable Choice: Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a vital role in sustainable shipping. Moving a significant volume of goods from road freight to short sea will positively impact road congestion, road safety, and noise levels. One feeder vessel carries the equivalent of 500 truckloads. Compared to using trucks only, this solution provides increased both in terms of cost and CO2 emissions.
  • Buy What You Need: The size of a container often determines the quantity purchased, but it is important to buy and transport only what is needed. A short sea solution enables shippers to avoid producing excess merchandise with no demand and risks being destroyed. Short sea shipping affords the opportunity to book smaller quantities resulting in fewer containers being utilized.
  • Cost-Efficient Alternative: Sea freight rates are considerably lower than road freight rates, especially when transporting larger freight volumes and heavier cargo. Transitioning from road freight to short sea allows shippers to circumvent the high freight rates associated with road transport. In the long term, moving large volumes to short sea and away from the roads of Europe would help restore the capacity imbalance in road freight and eventually remove lack-of-capacity surcharges.

For more information about short sea shipping solutions, contact your local sales representative.

Jordy Romeijn, Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director

JAS Worldwide EMEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordy Romeijn to the position of  EMEA Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director as of 09 May 2022. Working in this pivotal role from his home base in the Netherlands, together with the region’s Pharma & Healthcare teams Jordy will champion customer experience and operational excellence for the region.  

Jordy has more than 20 years’ experience in the logistics industry, starting when he was just 15 years old, and has hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of freight forwarding, “from warehouse to sales and everything in between.” He joined JAS in  Rotterdam in 2007, and was quickly promoted to Branch Manager. After guiding them through significant growth, in 2017 Jordy relocated to the USA to manage the JAS Chicago branch, which at the time was “fairly small” in the JAS organization. Fast forward five years, under Jordy’s leadership the JAS Chicago branch is now the largest in the US, handling multiple own freighters per week and preparing for the grand opening of a new state-of -the-art 80,000 square foot pharma and healthcare logistics facility in summer 2022.

Of his appointment, Jordy says: “During my years working with JAS I have witnessed the company continuously grow and develop itself – JAS today is vastly different then JAS 16 years ago. My long tenure and experience on both sides of the Atlantic will allow me to contribute toward growing the Pharma & Healthcare vertical, and I am truly looking forward to this exciting new opportunity.”

JAS is delighted to welcome Jordy to this new position and is confident he will play a key role in upholding and continuously improving the service quality provided to our valued clients as we continue to invest in the pharma and healthcare logistics industry.

From left to right: Bjoern Morzineck (Branch Manager), Ellen Rackow (Import Specialist), Isa Melchert (Operations Manager), Danilo Loewe (Business Development Manager).

In line with its current growth strategy, JAS Germany is pleased to announce the opening of its newest branch in Dresden (DRS).

JAS’ established presence throughout Germany, and now in Dresden emphasizes, its commitment to growth while still providing best-in-class service as the global and local freight forwarder of choice.

The newest branch, which began operations on May 2, will provide clients with a full range of air and ocean services as the team works to respond to the needs of the marketplace.

In addition, to the Dresden location, JAS Germany has thirteen additional fully operating strategically located throughout Germany.

About JAS Germany

JAS Germany, headquartered in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, has been present in Germany for more than 40 years. In addition to the global air and sea freight services, handled by a global "one file" IT solution, JAS Germany offers comprehensive solutions such as 3PL service, own warehouse services, and customs clearance services

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