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Dear Sir,
We are doing water transmission project in Bahrain. in this contract the DI pipes supply by client. In insurance consultant asking to insure the client materials also but in tender stage we don't know the value of the client materials and we didn't consider it Insurance Item in BOQ price.

Is this client materials insurance our obligation or not  and if we can claim that additional premium charges from client for that client materials insurance.

please reply me.

Dear Chamara,

You do not mention the form of contract nor the applicable law, so the following comments will be generic.  

It all depends what it says in the Contract.  Normally, you would be responsible for any loss or damage to the Client's materials until the taking over certificate is issued.  It would be unusual for you to claim an extra payment for insuring the Client's materials.  I think that you will find that you are already covered under your Contractor's All Risks Policy or your third party liability policy.  I would contact my insurance provider and ask them.  

Next time check before you sign the contract.

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Peter M. Elliott


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