To get the best cover for your goods, compare insurance covers from several freight forwarders and cargo insurance companies. Freight forwarders generally offer better insurance than specialist cargo insurance companies. The best option is a comprehensive cover.
Incoterms also come into play here, as they define who is responsible for filing claims for damaged or lost goods. Therefore, you should read the terms of your quote carefully and understand how the contract divides the risks and responsibilities between you (the buyer) and the seller. This step can make a huge difference, especially when trading on terms like DAT, CIF and CFR.
Another step you can take to shield your goods against damage is to request for cardboard cover. Have all fragile items double boxed and the first box wrapped with bubble wrap and peanuts. Also, make sure that your packages are clearly labelled and readily identifiable. As a final step to shield yourself in case anything goes wrong, ask your freight forwarder to send you a copy of the insurance policy and any other documents along the way such as delivery notes and pick-up orders.