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Whether down to global warming, natural climate change or other factors, it is fair to say that the UK's weather can be unpredictable and severe. Over the past 10 years, the UK has experienced major flooding in 2004 (Boscastle), 2005 (Carlisle and Wales) and 2007 (SW of England), a tornado in 2005 (Birmingham), "freak" hailstorms in 2008 (Ottery St Mary), heavy snow storms in 2009/2010 (SE of England) and two of the rainiest years since 1910 (2010 and 2012).
One of the key planks in the government's strategy to help stimulate business activity is to support firms which are looking to export their products. To this end, numerous schemes have been introduced which, it is fair to say, have met with varying degrees of failure. Last summer UK Export Finance acknowledged publicly that it had serious concerns at the lack of uptake for its various schemes and undertook a review of the schemes themselves and how their take-up could be improved. Rather chasteningly, the introduction to the review revealed that, in the first 30 months of its operation, Letter of Credit Guarantees had been used to support just 5 transactions, the total value for which £2 million.
International trade could not function without insurance. The carriage of goods is risky. It is usual for freight forwarders, hauliers, shipping lines and carriers by rail or air to be able to limit their liability for loss, damage or delay to goods under their terms and conditions of business or under international transport Conventions. Buyers of goods typically insure the goods in transit for their full value. Carriers and forwarders typically obtain liability insurance.
In the current troubled economic climate, businesses are looking to make revenue wherever they can. This is causing many businesses to operate in unfamiliar territories and unfamiliar commodities. Diversifying into a new market or a new sector can be a lifeline for a struggling business but it can also be a potential nightmare.