Accessorial (Additional) Services
Services such as packing, unpacking, extra stop, or shuttle that you request to be performed (or are necessary because of landlord requirements or other special circumstances). Charges for these services are in addition to the transportation costs.
An affiliated moving company authorized to act on behalf of the van line. The agent may handle the booking, origin, hauling and/or destination services.
Bill of Lading
Customer's receipt for goods and contract for transportation. The customer's signature acknowledges that the household goods can be loaded on the van and "released to the carrier."
A binding estimate is an agreement made in advance between the customer and the mover that guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantities and services shown on the estimate. A non-
Accepts the order for the customer's move and registers it with the van line. The booking agent may or may not be the origin or destination agent.
To ensure safe transportation, some articles included in a shipment (i.e., big screen TVs, motorcycles, hot tubs, etc.) require extra handling and/or blocking. Our tariff provides a schedule of extra charges for such articles.
The moving company providing interstate transportation of household goods under whose Department of Transportation registration the shipment is moved.
Statement of loss, damage, or delay to a household good shipment while in the care, custody or control of the carrier or its affiliated agent.
COD (cash on delivery)
Shipments where the customer pays the moving charges at the time of delivery. For COD shipments, payment is required in cash or money order. Personal checks are not accepted.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
The federal agency which, through the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) within the DOT, governs the interstate transportation industry, including movers of household goods.
The agent designated in the destination area to be available to assist or provide information regarding the shipment to the customer or the van operator.
When a customer changes the destination of their shipment after it is en route, transportation charges shall be calculated from the point of origin, to the point at which the carrier is able to effect the diversion, plus the transportation charge from the diversion point to the new destination point.
Exclusive Use of Vehicle
Upon request and subject to availability, the customer may request and the carrier may provide an exclusive unit for a shipment.
Hourly labor charge for performing any requested services for which specific fees are not published. This generally covers activities such as removing/ placing items in attics/ crawlspaces, packing/unpacking owner's furnished containers, etc.
Extra Pickup or Delivery
Line haul/ transportation charge includes pickup from a single address and delivery to a single address. Additional charges are assessed for each stop or call requiring an additional pickup or delivery.
The carrier's tariff provides for a percentage adjustment to the transportation charge (and SIT Pickup and Delivery) to aid in the recovery of the increased cost of fuel. The surcharge, which can change monthly, is based upon the national average cost of diesel as reported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Hundredweight rates that apply based on the weight of the shipment when the carrier is requested by shipper to pack or unpack the complete shipment. The full-
The carrier's tariff provides for a percentage adjustment to the transportation charge (and SIT Pickup and Delivery) to aid in the recovery of the increased cost of carrier's and van operator's liability insurance expenses.
A detailed descriptive list of the items in the shipment and their condition before the van is loaded.
Method of Payment
Payment must be in the form of cash, money order, a bank cashier's check or a credit card. Credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee. Card accepted are Visa and Mastercard only. Credit card payment will not be accepted for delivery. Personal checks are accepted upon pick up only.
The Carrier will not accept shipment property that will contaminate or damage (i.e., bug infestations, chemicals, propane tanks, etc.) the carrier's property or the property of other customers, nor will it remove items that would damage the article or the premises (i.e., furniture that will not fit through doorways). Further, the carrier will not accept liability for items of a perishable nature (food, wine collections, plants, etc.).
Order for Service
A document authorizing the moving company to transport your household goods.
Used to identify the customer's shipment and appears on the upper right corner of the Order for Service and the Bill of Lading. This number should be used whenever the carrier is contacted.
Origin & Destination Service Charge
A hundredweight rate that applies based on the weight of the shipment plus any weight additives and location where the shipment is picked up and delivered.
When articles to be shipped are left behind due to insufficient space on the primary van. An additional van(s) is then utilized for transportation and delivery.
Overtime Loading & Unloading Service
If you request loading or unloading on a specific date which is a holiday for example, an overtime charge, based on the weight of your shipment is assessed. This is also true if you request the service to be performed after working hours (i.e., between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.) on any week day, or when prevailing laws ordinances or landlord requirements will not allow loading/unloading during normal working hours on week days.
PBO (packed by owner)
When articles are packed by the customer for moving.
Before the actual initiation of the unloading of your shipment, you may request a reweigh of the shipment. If a reweigh is performed the actual charges will be based upon the reweigh weight, regardless of whether the reweigh weight is higher or lower than the first weight of the shipment.
Used if the assigned over-
The temporary storage of your household goods in the warehouse, pending further transportation at a later date. SIT service may not exceed a total of 180 calendar days. After 180 days, the interstate nature of the shipment ends and is converted to the rules of the local warehouseman.
Performed by an agent to examine the customer's belongings in order to develop an estimate of move charges.
A publication containing the carrier's rates, rules and regulations for services performed, applicable to the customer's move.
Performed by someone other than the carrier or its agents at your request or required by federal, state or local law (e.g., appliance servicing, crating).
Removing the customer's goods from containers and placing them on a flat surface, as well as the disposal of such containers and packing materials. If ordered, unpacking service must be performed at the time of delivery unless requested otherwise.
Van Operator/ foreman
Oversees the loading, hauling and unloading of your possessions.
If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the agreed time of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made. There is a charge for the vehicle and manpower for each hour between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time (excluding Sundays or state/national holidays). The alternative is unloading your shipment at a local warehouse. You will have storage, handling and delivery from warehouse expenses, and consequently it may be less expensive to pay for waiting time, if it is not for an excessive length of time. The carrier is not obligated to provide waiting time, but we will do so when it does not result in the delay in the delivery of other customers' shipments or does not cause other undue inconvenience to the carrier.
Some articles included in a shipment (i.e., camper shells, boats, canoes, boat trailers, etc.) are comparatively light and occupy space in the van that is not commensurate with their weight. For instance, one might load 4,000 pounds of furniture and cartons in the space taken by a 1,500-
Glossary of Moving Terms