- Accessorial Services: Services, other than
line haul transportation, performed by Movers (such as packing, unpacking, an extra pick
up, a long carry, etc.).Accessorial services are charged in addition to transportation
- Additional Transportation Charge (ATC): This
regionally adjusted charge compensates the carrier for services performed in areas where
the labor rates are higher than the national average.
It also compensates the carrier for additional costs incurred due to traffic
congestion and added time travelling to an area for pick up or for delivery.
- Agent: Packing Company can
authorize to act on their behalf for custom clearance or some other work.
- Bill of Lading:
This is your contract with the carrier.It is your receipt for your goods and the
contract for their transportation.Your signature acknowledges that your goods have been
loaded on the moving van and "released to the carrier".
The Company providing transportation for your household goods and on whose interstate or
intrastate operating authority the shipment is moved.
- Claim: Shippers statement of loss or damage to any
of his or her household goods while they were in the care of the carrier or its agent. Such a statement is generally made on a Claim
- C.O.D. (Cash on Delivery): Shipments where
customer pays moving charges at the time of delivery. For
C.O.D.shipments, payment is required in cash or by pay order or credit card (pending a
prior credit card approval process). Personal
checks are not accepted for payment of C.O.D., charges.
- Consignee: The person to whom the shipment is to be
- Consignor: The person from whom the shipment is picked up
- CP (Carrier Packed): Articles packed into
cartons or crates by the carrier, not the shipper.
- Cwt.: This
abbreviation stands for the rate or charge per 100 pounds.
- Declared Valuation: The shippers indication of the value
declared for the possessions being shipped, thereby established the carriers maximum
liability for loss or damage to the shipment.If no value is declared, the liability is
then controlled by the tariff under which the shipment is moved.
Agent: The agent designated in the
destination area to be available to assist or provide information to you or the van
operator regarding your shipment.
- Estimate: A professional assessment as to the van space
requirements, weight of your household goods and cost of the move determined by the
physical visual inspection of a shipment by a representative of the carrier.
- Flight Charge (Stair Carry): An extra charge for
carrying items such as a piano to a higher or lower floor.
- Full Replacement Value Protection: A valuation
program which does not incorporate depreciation as a factor in settling claims for loss or
The list itemizing the goods (and their condition) that
you have released to the carrier.
- Order for service: The document
authorizing the carrier to transport your household goods.
- Order for Service Number: The number used to
identify your shipment. It appears in the
upper right corner of the Bill of Lading and on the Order for Service.
- Origin Agent: The agent designated in the origin area to be
available for preliminary readying shipment before movement (such as packing cartons), or
to provide information to you regarding your move.
- PBO (Packed by owner): Articles packed into
cartons or crates by the shipper, not the carrier.
- Shipper: The person (customer) whose goods are being moved.
- Storage in Transit (S.I.T.): Temporary storage of
your household goods in the warehouse of the carriers agent, pending further
- Survey :
The booking or origin agent examines (i.e.surveys or visually inspects) the shippers goods
to develop a cost estimate.
The carriers provisions, including rates, for services performed during the course of
moving a shipment.
- Unpacking: The removal of your goods from containers
(boxes) and crates, and the disposal of such containers and packing materials.
- Valuation: Shippers declaration of the value
declared for the possessions being shipped, thereby establishing the carriers
maximum liability for loss or damage to the shipment. If
no value is declared, the liability is then controlled by the tariff under which the
shipment was moved.
- Van: Movers call all types and kinds of trucks used
for moving as vans. A van can be
a small truck or a 34 foot long truck.
- Van operator: The driver of the vehicle carrying your