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Cargo Claims

At Cargo Law, our team of dedicated shipping lawyers are ready to assist clients with navigating the complexities of cargo claims. We are committed to securing favourable outcomes for our clients in all cargo-related disputes. Whether you are facing issues relating to damaged goods, short delivery, contamination, delay, lost containers, salvage, general average or contractual disputes, our team provides strategic guidance.

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Swift and Decisive Action

When cargo claims arise, swift and decisive action is essential to protect your interests and maximise your chances of success. Our team at Cargo Law leverages our extensive knowledge and experience to guide clients through every stage of the claim and recovery process. From conducting thorough investigations, obtaining security to crafting persuasive legal arguments, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for our clients.

Our comprehensive approach to cargo claims encompasses a wide range of issues, including:

Damage Assessment:

We work closely with clients and their surveyors to assess the extent of damage to their cargo and determine the appropriate course of action for seeking compensation.

Contractual nexus:

Our lawyers have extensive experience in interpreting and enforcing the contracts of carriage for cargo shipments, ensuring that our clients' rights are protected under the terms of their contracts.  We advise on questions of title to sue and incorporation of terms in the bill of lading contract.


We assist insurers, brokers and their insureds in collating evidence on causation, mitigating losses and salvage sales to put them in the best position for bringing recovery actions help resulting from damaged or lost cargo.

Negotiation of Settlements, Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation:

Whether through negotiation or litigation, we advocate tirelessly on behalf of our clients to secure fair and equitable resolutions to their cargo claims.

Industry Expertise:

With a deep understanding of the shipping industry, we are well-positioned to provide tailored legal solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients.

Cargo Claims FAQs

Cargo Law are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

What are common reasons for bringing cargo claims?

Cargo claims arise when damage occurs during transit, goods are lost, delivery is delayed, or where there are discrepancies between documentation and shipped items. These issues can result from mishandling, inadequate packaging, incidents in transportation, or contract breaches. At Cargo Law, our team assists clients in evaluating and addressing potential claims promptly and effectively.

How do I start a cargo claim?

Initiating a cargo claim involves documenting damage upon cargo receipt and preserving relevant evidence via photos, videos, witness statements and reports. 

Promptly notify insurers and the carrier / responsible parties and adhere to any notification requirements outlined in the insurance policy, contract of carriage or international regulations. Cargo Law guides clients through this process, ensuring compliance and preserving their rights.

What if my cargo claim is disputed?

Cargo Law can help identify why a claim cannot be resolved, for example, if there is missing evidence, or a disputed contract term, title to sue defence or limitation regime.  Cargo Law will conduct negotiation, mediation, or arbitration per the contract terms. If litigation is needed, Cargo Law's experienced solicitors are dedicated to securing favourable outcomes in cargo claim disputes.

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M: +44 (0) 7399 460 508

T: +44 (0) 330 057 1005



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