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Transportation of all goods

The definition of “transit” has been revised for our Agriculture policy and will now be deemed to commence from the time of loading the property (excluding tools of trade) described in the schedule (including carrying to any conveyance and loading thereon), continue with transportation to the destination (including temporary storage not exceeding 96 hours in the course of the journey) and end when offloaded and delivered at any destination

Any application or use of the property described in the schedule will not form part of this memorandum.This is quite an important change, as the standard definition referred to offloaded and delivered at any building of the consignee’s premises. With farmers, we know that they can be both the consignor and consignee, and the premises could be the same premises. We therefore changed the wording to accommodate our clients and provide wider cover..

Specific conditions for cover

Although winter months are traditionally the time of year when rapid changes in sea surfaces can occur in the Nino areas, the current setting is such that changes are unlikely in the next months. Most forecasts indicate a 50-80% probability of a La Nina phenomenon for the 2016/17 spring and summer seasons.

Another element that has a huge impact on climate conditions in Southern Africa is sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean. Cooler than normal sea surface temperatures favour improved rainfall conditions in summer. Current values indicate that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is negative, meaning that cooler water is present in the western Indian Ocean, increasing the probability of rainfall in summer over most of Southern Africa. 

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Cover options

At Santam, we understand the risk associated with the heavy haulage transport industry and we tailor-make our insurance solutions. We know the integral role heavy commercial vehicles play in the South African economy and offer the most comprehensive insurance solutions which include:

Limited cover

(as described in the policy) will cover the client against loss of or damage to the property described in the schedule resulting from fire or explosion or collision or
the overturning or derailment of the means of conveyance described in the schedule.

Limited cover plus theft

will cover the client against loss of or damage to the property described resulting from fire or explosion or collision or the overturning or derailment of the means of conveyance as well as any subsequent theft.

Limited cover plus theft and hijacking

will cover the client against loss of or damage to the property described resulting from fire or explosion or collision or the overturning or derailment of the means of conveyance as well as any subsequent theft and the hijacking of the means of conveyance

All risk cover

gives cover for the loss of or damage to the property described resulting from any accident or misfortune not otherwise excluded as defined in the policy wording.

Part-time Contractors

As explained, the goods in transit section covers the property described, which would usually be the farmer’s own property. But because we know that farmers transport third-party goods from time to time, therefore operating as a part-time transport contractor (as defined below), we will also indemnify the client if he/she does part-time contract transportation.

A “part-time transport contractor” is regarded as a farmer who occasionally transports goods for a third party and receives compensation.

Because it is difficult to underwrite each farmer and the business, we work with guidelines indicating that a “part-time transport contractor” will have a maximum of five trucks, and that the value should not exceed R500 000 per vehicle.

Any part-time contractor who does not fall within these guidelines, but still requires cover, can either contact our Transport branch or refer the matter to their relationship manager for referral to the necessary persons for authorisation.

Trucks used solely for their own farming purposes and transportation do not fall within the above definition and are therefore not affected by these guidelines.

Please note that cover may only be granted if Santam also insures the vehicles used to transport the goods.

Also note that in cases where the farmer has comprehensive crop insurance, the policy normally also grants transit cover between the farm and the receiver – usually the co-operative. Ensure that cover is not already in place when transit cover is requested.

Ratings

As with any standard goods in transit section, rating is done on the annual turnover. A load limit is chosen and the rate appropriate for the specific load limit (the higher the load limit and risk, the higher the rate) is applied to the annual turnover. Because we know that some farmers only transport goods occasionally and therefore struggle to provide us with a turnover, we will allow the rating to be done on the load limit in these instances.

In general

If you think about farm produce, a lot of the goods transported will be perishable goods, like vegetables, fruit and meat. Please note the following when insuring perishable products under goods in transit:

In the main, this involves the transportation of vegetables, meat and fruit from the farm to the fresh produce market or canning factories. Once again, this involves a high risk, therefore the general housekeeping must be examined prior to granting the cover.

The deterioration of this kind of cargo is usually not covered. Cover is excluded in terms of the following specific exceptions contained in the wording: 1(b) Loss or damage arising out of or caused by inherent fault or defect (the natural tendency of perishable goods to deteriorate).

1(f) Loss or damage arising out of or caused by the breakdown of refrigeration equipment.

The policy can be extended to include these by way of cancelling these exceptions with two clauses that are added to the item.

Amendments to the national road traffic regulations

We know that farmers transport third-party goods for compensation from time to time. A farmer will rarely transport goods somewhere and come back with an empty load. The payment they receive for transporting a third party’s goods also helps with the cost of the vehicle. In these cases, the farmer will be considered a part-time transport contractor. We have defined a part-time contractor as follows in terms of our product offering:

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Contact details

Relationship manager

T 0860 247 400.