Posts By: Roanoke Underwriting

Last August, dual blasts at the port of Tianjin in China where chemicals were being stored killed more than 100 people and destroyed buildings and goods within a 3.1-mile radius. Access to the area of the explosion was restricted from the onset, but one interesting aspect of this disaster was the extensive use of satellite… Read More

Roanoke Underwriting is hosting a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, July 12th at 12pm CT. Vice President Sergio Laos will discuss five fundamentals of selling cargo insurance. Join us as we explore: Basic coverage terms and conditions Common misconceptions – Legal Liability vs. “All Risks” Acts of God exposures and coverage Who needs cargo insurance Where… Read More

Cargo crimes reported to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region reached a three-year high in the first quarter of 2016. According to the report, there was an average of nearly five incidents every day resulting in millions of euros of losses for… Read More

On Tuesday, June 7th Colleen Clarke will be part of an AAEI Conference panel titled “Don’t Trek on Me”. Colleen, along with Randy Rucker of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Jenae Ciecko of Copper Hill Inc. and Beata Spuhler of 3M, will discuss recent cases that highlight what can happen to companies and individuals not compliant… Read More

Climate change as defined by NASA could involve a change in the Earth’s average temperature, or it could be a change in the Earth’s typical precipitation patterns as defined by NASA. The Earth’s climate, in fact, is always changing. In the past, Earth’s climate has gone through warmer and cooler periods, each lasting thousands of… Read More

National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates’ monthly Global Port Tracker report shows that, despite a fall-off from last year’s record-setting numbers, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to be at some of its highest levels ever during the next few months. “Retailers are importing less merchandise than last year… Read More

Emerging technologies are revolutionizing businesses across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. We see it in manufacturing with “Industry 4.0” where smart technology and real-time data are used to increase productivity and reduce costs (for example, 3D printing). We see it with the future of self-driving cars in the automotive industry; and we even see… Read More

Last year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced its amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, which requires shippers to provide verified gross mass (VGM) to carriers either through physically weighing a laden container or by adding weight of the cargo (including pallet, dunnage and packaging weight) to the tare weight of… Read More

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious free trade agreements ever signed, has both its supporters and opponents. The deal involves 12 countries: the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The pact aims to deepen economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs, and fostering… Read More

The Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) released figures indicating that the reporting of cargo crime in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region reached a five-year high in 2015. Data shows that 1,515 recorded freight thefts were reported, which represents a 37.4% increase year-on-year. According to TAPA, the 2015 data… Read More