The Importance of Insurance When Moving

Let’s face it; moving has its inherent risks, and no matter how careful you are, no matter how well packed things are, sometimes accidents happen and things do break or get lost during a move. This is true whether moving across town or from coast to coast, but particularly true with international moves involving ocean freight. After all, ocean voyages can be perilous. A couple of years ago a ship carrying one of our containers heading to Brazil went through a hurricane with 20 and 30 ft waves. That’s as high as a 3 story house! When the ship arrived at destination, our container was visibly damaged-one whole side was bent inwards, a clear indication that a tall wave had hit it broadside. Fortunately, we had packed the container so well that no damage was done to the cargo. (Refer to packing containers article for more on this).


But rough seas and hurricanes can do more than just batter a ship. Whole containers have been lost at sees and in fact whole ships sink every year!! According to some sources “Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 meters in length during the last two decades. Two large ships sink every week on average” [Source:].


Our intention is not to scare the reader into not moving, but rather educate them as to the risks involved. Our record thus far is impecalbe, but the risks are always there. It is because of these inherent risks, that it is absolutely necessary to obtain insurance when moving internationally. As freight forwarders, Platinum Moving Services offers moving insurance at affordable rates to all our clients. Whether moving locally or internationally, insurance is always included in our quotations. This is another step we take to provide peace of mind to our clients.


Remember: no matter who your mover is or where you are moving to, always ask for additional moving insurance. You won’t regret it!

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