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  • Inland Transit Clause A

    This clause is attached to policies covering transportation of goods by road or rail. This insurance covers the goods against all risks of physical loss or damage. However, it does not cover all losses. The policy is subject to exclusions like, inherent vice, wilful misconduct of the insured, ordinary losses, delay and insufficiency of packing.
  • In-House

    Performing of some organisational functions within an organisation without having the services of outside agencies who carryout and/or specialise in such functions. In general insurance there exists the practice of in-house loss surveyors lawyers for part of the organisations' function in the respective areas.
  • Inherent Vice

    A term relevant in Marine Cargo insurance. This is a quality inherent in a cargo which produces damage to the cargo without the involvement or impact of an outside agency. Inherent vice is not a risk but is only an inevitability. Policies of marine insurance, even on all risks basis exclude losses caused by inherent vice.
  • Information Technology Insurance Policy

    Policy providing coverage to information technology companies or organisation against their civil liability for any claim for :
    a) breach of duty or
    b) for breach of contract where the act, error or omission giving rise to the breach of contract also gives rise to breach of duty
    c) breach of confidentiality or
    d) defamation in respect of any information technology services or information technology products that are provided by the insured in the conduct of their business.

    Defence cost are also payable provided the defence of any claim against the insured is undertaken with the consent of the insurer.This is normally a claims made policy. 
  • Inflation Rate

    Rate of increase in prices of goods and services. Indices published by the Reserve Bank of India and some industrial agencies furnish the inflation rate in respect of different category of goods which are depended upon insurers and surveyors while assessing the market value of the property insured as also the property affected by an insured peril.
  • Inflation Factor

    Adjustment in property insurance to reflect increased construction costs. See (Escalation Clause)
  • Inflation

    Rise in the prices of goods and services as happens when demand increases over supply.
  • Infidelity of Employee

    In relation to fidelity guarantee insurance, or to that section of any other policy which deals with fidelity guarantee coverage, refers to financial losses to insured caused by an act of infidelity or dishonesty on the part of a covered employee.
  • Infidelity Exclusion

    In relation to money (in transit) insurance, loss of money to the insured caused by the act of fraud/dishonesty of its employee, is not payable unless discovered within 48 hours of their occurrence. However insurers would agree to delete this exclusion on payment of extra premium.
  • Inevitable Accident

    Accident, to which no fault can be attributed to anybody. 
  • Industrial All Risks policy

    A comprehensive insurance cover introduced mainly for the benefit of industrial houses. Cover is against all accidental loss or damage to all fixed or moving assets like building, machinery, stocks etc. with named exclusions. While consequential loss by fire and allied perils is compulsory as a part of the package, Machinery loss of profit cover is optional. Minimum sum insured under the policy should be `100 crores. This Policy is specially rated as per the guidelines of the tariff advisory committee.
  • Indian Reinsurer

    An insurer who carries on exclusively reinsurance business and is approved in this behalf by the Central Government.
  • Indian Railways Act

    The duties, obligations and responsibilities of the railways are governed by the provisions of the Indian Railway Act 1890 and Amendment Act, 39 of 1961. The act also prescribes time limit and procedure for lodging claims and filing suits
  • Indian Post Office Act, 1898,

    The Act defines the liability of the Postal Authorities for loss, mid-delivery, delay or damage to any article in the course of transmission by registered post.
  • Indian Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, 1925,

    The act defines the rights, liabilities and immunities of a shipowner in respect of loss or damage to the cargo carried.
  • Indian Carriage of Goods by Sea Act – Notice of Loss to Carrier

    As per Article III-Rule-6, unless notice of loss or damage to cargo is given in writing to the carrier, before or at the time of removal of the cargo into the custody of the importer or his agent, or if the loss is not apparent , within three days, such removal shall be prima facie evidence of the delivery by the carrier as described in the bill of lading. 

    Notice within three days need not be given if the state of the cargo at the time of such removal been the subject of joint survey or inspection carrier will any case not be liable unless suit is brought within one year after delivery of the goods or the date when the goods should have been delivered.
  • Indian Carriage of Goods by Sea Act – Limit of Liability of Carrier

    As per Article IV-Rule 5 Monetary liability of the carrier for the cargo carried is limited to Sterling Pounds 100 per package or unit, or the equivalent of that sum in other currency, unless nature and value of such goods have been declared by the shipper before the shipment and inserted in the B/L. By agreement between the carrier and the shipper another maximum amount may be fixed but that maximum amount shall not be less than Sterling Pounds 100.
  • Indian Carriage of Goods by Sea Act – Carrier not responsible

    As per Article IV-Rule 2, significant causes of loss/damage to cargo for which carrier is not responsible/liable are: fire perils of the sea act of god act of war strikes or lock-outs, riots and civil commotions insufficiency of packing of cargo insufficiency or inadequacy of marks any other cause arising without the actual fault or privity of the carrier 
  • Indexing

    Adjusting of values over time to reflect the impact of inflation
  • Independent Survey Report

    A report of inspection, of a property proposed for insurance or of a property or an interest which is the subject of an insurance claim, by an independent surveyor.
  • Indemnity Period

    A term related to the consequential loss insurance covers. Indemnity period is the period during which the business of insured will be affected either totally or even partially arising out of the damage to the business property by an insured peril. 

    This period will start either from the time of the damage to the property or afterwards depending upon exactly when the business results will get affected and continue until such time when the business activities are wholly resumed and reach normalcy. 

    This period is different from the period of insurance under the policy. While the commencement of the indemnity period will be sometime during the period of insurance the termination of the same may go beyond the date of expiry of the policy.
  • Indemnity

    To compensate the sufferer of the loss to the extent of the loss suffered by him.
  • Indemnitor

    Provider of an indemnity payment.
  • Indemnitee

    Recipient of an indemnity payment.
  • Indemnification of Loss

    Compensation to the victim of a loss, in whole or in part, by payment, repair, or replacement.
  • Indemnifiable Loss

    Loss recoverable under the policy in view of its being caused by peril insured against.
  • Incurred-but-not-Reported (IBNR) Reserves

    Liability account on an insurer's balance sheet reflecting claims that are expected based upon statistical projections but which have not yet been reported to the insurer.
  • Incurred Loss Ratio

    The ratio that the incurred loss bears to the gross premium.
  • Incurred Loss

    Sum total of the amount of all claims reported and paid during the policy period and the estimated amount of all claims reported during the policy period but remaining unpaid.

    For all practical purposes this is arrived at by taking the claims paid during the policy year plus the loss reserves as at the end of the policy year, minus the corresponding reserves as at the beginning of the policy year. 

    The difference between the year end and beginning of the year loss reserves is called the increase/decrease in reserve and may be added/subtracted directly to/from the paid claims to produce the incurred loss.
  • Increase in Cost of Working

    This is the abnormal expenditure incurred by the insured to avert or minimise the adverse effect on the business arising out of the property damage and the consequent business interruption so that loss on the net profit and the standing charges would get avoided or at least minimised.​

    Examples of such expenditure are rent for temporary premises, overtime wages to hasten the process of repairs to the damaged item, hire of machinery until affected one is set right etc.
  • Incompetent

    One who is not legally capable of entering into a contract.For example.mentally ill, minors etc. Contract of Insurance entered into with an incompetent person is not legally valid.
  • Income Recognition

    Normally all the interest due in the accounting year on any investment is reckoned as income of the year. However in respect of non-performing assets RBI guidelines specifically prohibit recognition of interest on these NPAs as income once, such interest is not paid on due dates. Therefore interest on such NPAs will not be treated as income even though the same may accrue within the accounting year.
  • Income

    Cash flow from all sources, normally expressed on an annual basis
  • INCO Terms 2000

    Internationally accepted and employed terms for contracts of sale, first published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in 1936. They were revised 7 times since then. The latest revision, known as "Incoterms 2000", came into force on January 1 2000.

    It modifies some of the existing terms in an updated format for ease of use and also for providing traders, lawyers, transport officials and insurers with a modern text reflecting the latest changes in the trading environment.
  • Incidental Contract

    Incidental (and not the main) reason for forming a contract. This is relevant in respect of Group insurance policies like Group Personal Accident insurance or Group Mediclaim insurance where the group should exist for some other homogenous functioning and should not have been formed only for availing a group policy with an intention to get premium discounts.For example employees Employees of a firm or company, members of a co-operative society or association or club etc.
  • Inchmaree clause

    Part of the insurance coverage granted under the Institute Hull clauses which relates to loss or damage to the insured vessel caused by negligence of master and/or crew and other additional perils such as loss or damage to the hull and machinery caused by bursting of boilers, breakage of shafts or any other latent defect.
  • In-built XL Protections

    Protection of a quota share treaty by a common account XL protection which is in-built. Reinsurers of quota share have to avail XL protection compulsorily and pay the XL premium cost.
  • Inadvertent Error

    Mistake or fault committed unintentionally, accidentally. Property insurance policies admit claims for loss/damage caused to the insured property by an insured peril, resulting from such inadvertent errors of the insured or others.
  • In course of employment

    The term which is applicable with respect  to Workmen's Compensation or the Employer's Liability insurance, is defined by the courts as commencing at the end of the individual's journey from his house and stops at the commencement of his return journey, unless the employee is rendering service to his employer or is discharging some obligation imposed upon him by the contract of employment even outside his work place.
  • Imputed Negligence

    Case in which responsibility for damage can be transferred from the negligent party to another person, such as an employer.
  • Improvement

    Any betterment effected in either a building or equipment through expenditure of money or labour which is more than required for a mere replacement or repair or restoration to the original condition. Property insurance policies do not normally cover the increase in cost incurred for any such improvement in an item which was affected by an insured peril.
  • Important Notice

    It is customary to attach a red line clause called as important notice to the certificates and policies of insurance to guide the insured regarding claims procedure. This clause deals with the duty of the insured to minimise losses and preserve recovery rights, arrangement of survey and documentation of the claims. 
  • Identification of Animal

    The methods used for recognition. Identification of the animal at time of insurance is essential so that the claim is settled only for the animal to which the cover was provided. 
  • Implosion

    Bursting of a property inwards due to a sudden decrease in pressure. Loss/damage to the insured property due to implosion is covered under the standard Fire and Special perils policy.
  • Implied Warranty

    An implied warranty is not expressed in the policy specifically but which is understood by both parties to be forming part of the contract and binding on both. An implied warranty must be strictly complied with. In the event of a breach of the warranty the insurer is discharged from liability as from the date of the breach, but the insurer may waive the breach or the breach may be excused by statute. 

    Due diligence is an example of implied warranty in respect of all policies. Seaworthiness and Legality of Adventure are two examples in relation to Marine insurance.
  • I.A.A.I.

    International Airport Authority of India, to whom, on arrival of an aircraft at the airport the air carrier hands over the imported cargo, for subsequent delivery to the importer after customs formalities.
  • Impact Damage

    A part of the cover under the standard Fire and Special Perils policy. Cover is against loss or damage to the insured property caused by impact by any rail/road vehicle or animal by direct contact not belonging to or owned by a. the Insured or any occupier of the premises or b. their employees while acting in the course of their employment.
  • Immediate Repairs

    Vehicle needing minor repairs to be carried out following an accident when without that it can not be moved from the place of accident to the repairer's garage. This expenditure incurred by the insured is allowed under the policy lest there should be aggravation of damage to the vehicle if not removed immediately