8 April 2024
Is Life Fair for the Logistics Industry when dealing with the new Unfair Contract Terms?

From 10 November 2023, there have been numerous changes to Unfair Contract Laws. In this article James discusses the impact of these changes on Logistics Industry’s Standard Trading Terms & Conditions and logistics liability insurer’s exposures and risk assessment considerations.


16 October 2023
The Risks and Logistics of Customer Insolvency

During these challenging economic times, some consignees/cargo owners are falling into insolvency. In this article, James discusses a live claim case study where a consignee became insolvent & the issues the Forwarder and others in the supply chain ought to consider prior to embarking on any course of action.


17 April 2023
Forwarder, Customer & 3PL Services Provider – Cargo Claim Case Study

In this article, James reiterates the concepts & learnings encapsulated within March 2023 webinar. James discusses a live case study which reinforces the importance of preventing misunderstandings with customers about the operation of the Forwarder’s STCs, particularly around liability limitations and exclusions.


15 March 2023
Webinar – Forwarder, Customer & 3PL Services Provider – Cargo Claim Case Study

In March 2023, James was invited by the FTA to deliver a webinar discussing the current landscape of the general insurance market, plus a live claims case study considering the legal and commercial realities of Forwarder’s Standard Trading Terms & Conditions. You can view and listen to the webinar recording via the FTA website here.

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24 October, 2022
Dealing with General Average Events

Forwarders and their customers are sometimes confronted with a General Average event which necessitates dealing with General Average Adjusters to enable cargo owners to take possession of their undamaged cargoes. In this edition, James considers actions to assist cargo owners obtain General Average Adjusters agreement to release cargo.


30 March, 2022
Abandoned Cargoes – Are Freight Forwarders Exposed to Costs? 

Abandoned Cargoes can present complex & costly challenges for Freight Forwarders. In this edition, James discusses early identification of potential abandoned cargoes and some simple management techniques to assist Forwarders when it is discovered they need to deal with such cargoes.


21 October, 2021
Professional Indemnity Insurance & Risk Management – Is your business carrying too many unknown risks?

Professional Indemnity Insurance (which is also known as Errors & Omissions Insurance) & Risk Management have recently become a hot topic within the logistics industry, particularly with Customs Brokers. In this edition, James discusses some basic risk management concepts and what to watch out for when arranging Errors & Omissions Insurance.


29 March, 2021
Can Australian Consumer Law trump the liability limitations contained within STCs?

In this edition of Across Borders Magazine, James discusses a recent claims incident where certain aspects of Australian Consumer Law were canvassed in relation to representations made by a logistics & warehouse operator which were misleading & deceptive.


21 September, 2020
Cyber criminals are exploiting COVID-19 loopholes

In attempts to continue the movement of goods & protect staff during COVID-19, many logistics businesses are instructing their staff to work from home where possible. James discusses how these circumstances have presented cyber criminals with one of their best business opportunities to attack Information Technology systems and steal &/or crypto-lock valuable data and the importance of ensuring the integrity of Information Technology systems is constantly reviewed.


6 July, 2020
APL England – Impacts of losses and associated claims

In late May 2020, the APL England lost propulsion in heavy seas South East of Sydney. Containers were damaged & lost overboard. In this article, James discusses the issues facing freight forwarders as they try to assist their customers who have been impacted by damaged and lost cargo.


22 June, 2020
Switch Bills – Are They Worth The Risk?

Switching Bills of Lading is a widespread practice, however, there is industry confusion as to whether freight forwarders should comply with these requests. In this article, James examines the practice and considers the potential risks.


04 May, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Cargo Accumulation

The next 12-18 months are likely to be difficult for many businesses, including those within the logistics industry. Recessions are possible as consumption levels will be dramatically impacted on a global basis, including Australia. Against this background, James discusses increasing cargo accumulation in warehouses & risk management considerations.


14 April, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Credit Management

As each day passes, it is becoming very clear that hardly any industry around the global will be spared from the impact of COVID-19. This may present difficulties for logistics operators getting paid where trading partners are starved of cashflow. In this article, James discusses financial risk management strategies to assist with obtaining payment.


7 April, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Insurance Policy Reviews

With revenues potentially reducing due to the effects of COVID-19, logistics businesses are looking to cut costs across the board in order to survive. In this article, James discusses the possible consequences of cancelling, not renewing and/or reducing insurance coverage, particularly where businesses are already vulnerable.


31 March, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Working From Home

In attempts to continue the movement of goods & to protect staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, many logistics businesses are instructing their staff to work from home where possible. James discusses the cyber security threats which may arise when using mobile devices, laptops & computers remotely.


23 March, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Business Interruption Insurance
As the spread of COVID-19 continues and governments around the world & Australia are enforcing widespread shutdowns of non-essential businesses in efforts to contain outbreaks, James discusses the implications for those businesses who hold Business Interruption Insurance coverage which carry clauses with respect to “Human Infectious or Contagious Diseases”.


18 March, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the recent announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic, James discusses the potential impact for logistics operators and offers guidance on possible mitigation strategies.


March, 2020
Telex Releases – 9 things You Need To Know
Telex releases can be fraught with risk if not handled correctly. In this article, James discusses the key risk issues and provides some practical guidance on how to mitigate them.


December, 2019
Things to Consider Before Releasing Imported and Exported Cargo      Tips to assist with mitigating the risks of potentially huge exposures


August, 2019
Key Person Life Insurance                                                                     How Key Person Life Insurance can protect your capital and revenue


July, 2019
How business succession planning can help soften the blow of a personal disaster                                                                                     A how-to guide on Business Succession Planning


April, 2019
If it ain’t robust, you might go bust                                                         We discuss the importance of robust risk management strategies in preventing and managing liability risks in the Autumn 2019 edition of the Across Borders Magazine.


January, 2019
Yantian Express – Fire on Board                                                        Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) insurance advisers at Logical Insurance Brokers have been closely following the plight of Hapag-Lloyd owned Yantian Express, where the 320 metre container..


December, 2018
Logical & FTA Launch New Insurance Services                                        Logical and FTA have partnered with specialist Trade Credit insurer Coface to offer a unique Credit Opinion service and with TravelCard who have transformed the travel insurance claims process to 3 simple steps..


July, 2018
The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) & Chain of Responsibility
Are you caught in the chain and don’t know it? We discuss in the Winter 2018 edition of the Across Borders magazine..


June 5, 2018
Freight Forwarder Considerations
FTA has consulted with insurance adviser, James Cotis, who has offered the following high level commentary/guidance..


June 4, 2018
Cyber criminals and the turmoil caused to logistics businesses
James Cotis, a Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) insurance adviser, compiled the following summary from members who agreed to supply..


April, 2018
How to protect your business in the age of cyber criminals
Cyber crime and related incidents are on the increase. It is a global phenomenon and no organisation appears to be immune..


April 15, 2018
Data Breaches – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its first quarterly report into notifiable data breaches..


December, 2017
Making friends with your STCs
In this Summer 2017 edition of the Across Borders magazine we provide guidance on how to effectively manage your Standard Trading..

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