Our cargo team provides protection for goods while in transit (by land, sea, or air), in store during the ordinary course of transit, and whilst in long-term storage. We cover a wide range of transit and storage risks, covering many industries on a worldwide basis (excluding sanctioned territories), with a particular focus on the U.S. and Europe. With over 75 years of combined underwriting experience, Markel International has one of the most experienced teams in Lloyd's and is recognised as a leader in cargo. Coverage is tailored to our clients' individual needs in order to provide them with a bespoke policy for the industry sector that they operate in. The underwriting team is supported by our experienced, in-house claims team.

Cargo coverage options

Markel can offer line sizes up to $50m on Company paper or $30m on Lloyd’s paper. We write business on a primary and excess basis (coverage varies). Policy coverage is generally on an all risks of physical loss or damage basis with wordings tailored to specific requirements. 

Key areas of coverage include:

  • Ocean cargo
  • Cargo stock-throughput
  • Delay in start-up (DSU) written in conjunction with cargo
  • Excess stock
  • Crude oil and refined products
  • Project cargo
  • Machinery
  • Manufactured goods

Excess basis only:

  • Vehicles
  • Wines and spirits
  • Foodstuffs
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Contact our experts

United Kingdom

Richard Burnett

Senior Underwriter & Head of Cargo

Graham Williams


Brook Styles

Senior Underwriter – Cargo, Specie, Terrorism

Edward Jones

Underwriting Assistant – Cargo

Natalie Binning

Underwriting Assistant – Cargo
United States

Jim Taylor

Director, U.S. Business Development

Colin Fordham

Senior Underwriter & Director – Marine, Asia

Chris Fenn

Divisional Managing Director, Marine

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