Wholesalers & Importers
Increasing globalisation and the interconnectivity of global markets has seen activity in the import, export and wholesale sectors heat up post-GFC, with Asia making up over 70% of Australia’s two way trade composition.
Importing into Australia can carry with it a number of risk exposures which can vary significantly depending on the nature of the goods you import and wholesale.
Whitbread will work closely with you to truly understand the inner workings of your business, ensuring you have an insurance and risk solution that aligns with your future vision.
There are a number of insurance covers available for importers and wholesalers which can address your risk exposures and protect your key assets:
Public and Products Liability
As an importer you carry a substantial liability risk. Australian law deems importers to be the manufacturer of the goods they import. This means that if a product you import contributes to the injury or illness of someone using or consuming your product, you can be held legally responsible. You could be liable to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages if you are without Public and Products Liability Insurance.
The goods you import are likely your primary source of income. This makes it imperative to have cover that protects you for loss or damage to stock. A fire or water damage in your storage facility could see you stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods without adequate insurance cover, potentially jeopardising the financial strength of your business.
If you are transporting your goods around the country, it is important to cover them for loss or damage while in transit.
Regardless of the scale of your business, we strive to deliver an insurance solution that empowers you to make business decisions with greater confidence, so you can plan for your future with greater certainty.
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From July 1, 2017, some residential Strata Insurance policies will experience significant total premium changes as a result of amendments to the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003 (Cth). The changes apply Australia wide, and relate to the introduction of a Terrorism Levy.
Ben Bowen, Whitbread’s General Manager | Broking, shares his insights into the perils of importing goods into Australia, and the things to watch out for when it comes to your insurance.
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