Clyde & Co Legal Update: All risks – no cover for non-existent cargo

Claims, Legal, Marine Insurance — By on May 9, 2018 at 12:08 PM
Last month a decision was handed down in the matter of Englehart CTP (US) LLC v Lloyd’s Syndicate 1221 in relation to marine cargo insurance and the scope of all risks insurance.
In brief summary, the decision confirms that:
  • The words “this insurance covers all risks of loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured” in the risks clause of the Institute Cargo Clauses (A) 1/1/2009 (or similar all risks insuring conditions) refers only to the risk of physical loss of, or physical damage to, the insured goods;
  • In the absence of very clear words in the policy, all risks insurance generally does not cover non-existent goods; the risk of measurement error or “paper loss”; or the risk of financial loss flowing from the acceptance of fraudulent documents of title to non-existent goods.
In this summary Simon Culhane and William Melbourne review the decision and the legal considerations for cargo insurers and insureds.
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