Insurance for the transport and logistics sector

What are the key risks in the transport and logistics industry?

Transport and logistics businesses face a broad range of risks depending on the area of operations they specialise in, but a shortage of skilled workers and work health and safety concerns are among the long-standing risks facing all operators.

Newer risks are also emerging driven by operational changes such as the emergence of new technologies in the form of tracking, automation and autonomous vehicles. Population growth and the associated rise in demand, congestion and infrastructure pressures, and environmental concerns linked to climate change, are also redefining the risk landscape for transport and logistics companies.

“Truck drivers have a 13-fold higher risk of dying at work than other Australian workers.”
(Monash University, Driving Health Study, 2018)

Who should consider insurance?

Whether you operate a large national fleet or are an owner-driver, and whether you store goods or only transport them, you should have a range of insurance covers to protect your workers, safety and commercial risks.

What insurance should you take out – and what can it cover?

In this sector, insurances fall into three broad categories – those that protect your commercial and business risks, your
people and safety.

Type of coverPotential benefits
Commercial vehicleProtects cars, trucks, buses, utes and other vehicles that you use in the day-to-day operations of your business.
PropertyProtects your buildings, such as office facilities, and other premises, such as vehicle yards, from damage caused by events like fires, storms, explosions, falling trees or malicious damage.
WarehousingProvides specialised coverage for businesses operating warehouse facilities (including cold storage), protecting against risks from property and stock damage to public liability.
Goods in transitProtects your business against financial loss if goods are lost, damaged, or destroyed while off premises and in transit.
Management liabilityProtects your management team if you’re a larger business in case you need to defend, settle or pay a compensation claim.
CyberSafeguards you and your business against expenses and legal costs if your website or other systems are hacked.
Business interruptionCovers the costs of operating your business, like paying staff and covering bills while you recover and rebuild.
Workers’ compensationCovers the cost of your employees’ wages, rehabilitation and medication if they become injured or sick through their work.

Case Study - Simon

Simon, an owner-operator truck driver, has several delivery contracts, including a contract with a large Hunter Valley winery to deliver wine orders to customers across New South Wales.

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