Moving Industry Terminology Definitions & Glossary

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Moving Industry Terminology Definitions & Glossary

To help our valued customers better understand the terminology used frequently in the moving industry, Yaacovzon Movers have compiled a glossary of the terms and phrases you will often hear.
Accessorial Services: Additional moving services, such as; packing, appliance servicing, unpacking or extra pick-up, including extra deliveries that you request.
Agent: The representative of the moving company generally is responsible for booking, origin, destination and hauling.
AMSA Certified Mover: An interstate carrier that transports your household moving shipment under its own operating authority, which is certified and granted by the Federal Highway Administration. To be an AMSA Certified mover, the professional subscribes to the AMSA Code of Conduct, and pledges to conduct their moving business in the most efficient and professional manner possible at all times.
AMSA Certified Van Line: An interstate carrier that transports your household moving shipment under its own authority, granted by the Federal Highway Administration on a national basis. Van Lines use a network of agents throughout the country to provide the origin, destination and hauling services needed to accomplish your move. Similar Certified movers, AMSA Certified Van Lines subscribe to the AMSA Code of Conduct, and have pledged to conduct their business in the most efficient and professional manner possible as well as hold responsibility for the acts of their moving agents.
Appliance Service: Major electrical appliances are prepared to make safe for moving.
Bill of Lading: The receipt for your household move, including your goods and the contract for their transportation. It is your responsibility to understand the Bill of Lading before you sign it. If you do not agree with something on the Bill of Lading, do not sign it until you are completely satisfied that it is correct. The Bill of Lading is an important document, so please be sure to not lose or misplace your copy.
Binding/Non-Binding Estimate: A binding estimate is an agreement made in advance between the mover and the customer that guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantities and moving services shown on the estimate. A non-binding estimate is the mover’s approximate cost based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial moving services requested, which is not binding on the carrier. The final charges are based on the actual weight and all moving services performed.
Booking Agent: the booking agent is a company or agent who prices, sells, and registers your move. A booking agent does not necessarily have to be physically located at or near the origin (or destination) of your move.
C.O.D.: Transportation for a private mover for which payment is required at the time of delivery at the destination residence or moving storage.
Carrier: The professional movers providing transportation of your household goods.
Change Order: A form used to amend the amount indicated on the original moving estimate due to the addition or deletion of items to be shipped or moving services requested by the customer.
Check-Off Sheet: The check-off sheet is used at the destination as your household goods are being off loaded from the moving truck into your house. Similar to a manifest, each piece of furniture, crated items and all the numbered moving boxes have been labeled, listed and marked with the corresponding number sticker associated with them. The check-off sheet is used as a quick reference document to ensure all items are moved into your residence.
Contract Number: The number assigned by the moving company to identify your shipment.
Destination Agent: The moving agent located at or near your destination that provides necessary moving services and information at the end of your move.
Estimate: A general calculation of the transportation charges, as well as costs for all additional moving services requested by the customer, often includes an estimation of shipment weight. –
Expedited Service: An agreement with the mover to perform transportation by a priority set date in exchange for additional moving charges based on a higher minimum weight.
Guaranteed Pickup/Delivery: Moving service whereby dates of service are guaranteed, with the mover providing reimbursement for delays. This premium moving service is often subject to minimum weight requirements.
Hauling Agent: A moving agent who owns the moving truck assigned by the van line to transport your possessions.
High Value Article: Items included in a move that are valued at more than $100 per pound are labeled a high value article. High value articles should be disclosed to the mover to ensure they are protected and transported accordingly.
Inventory: A meticulously descriptive list of goods in your household or commercial move showing the number and condition of each item.
Line-haul Charges: Charges for the transportation portion of your move. These charges are applied in addition to the basic moving service charges.
Long Carry: A long carry is usually an added charge for carrying articles excessive distances between the mover’s vehicle and your residence.
Move Coordinator: The move coordinator is the person that coordinates your move from start to finish. This is your single point of contact throughout your relocation and they are there to assist with your questions and keep you informed and updated until final delivery.
Order for Service: The documentation authorizing the moving company to transport your household and commercial goods, which list all moving services.
Origin Agent: The origin agent works with customers at the origin location. They are responsible for performing local moving services such as packing, performing the visual survey, and preparing the necessary documentation for transportation.
Peak Season Rates: Higher line-haul charges that are applicable for moving during the summer months.
Pickup and Delivery Charges: Separate moving charges applicable for transporting your shipment between the temporary storage warehouse and your new residence.
Relocation Specialist: The agent sales representative or consultant responsible for providing the customer with a moving estimate of the cost, along with answering any questions the customer might have in association with the moving process.
Shuttle Service: With the use of a smaller vehicle to ‘shuttle’ the household items from the moving truck to the residences that are not accessible to the professional movers’ normal size equipment.
Storage-In-Transit, or SIT: Temporary storage of your shipment, pending further transportation to final delivery residence, for instance, if your new home isn’t ready for you to move into. Generally, a specific request for SIT service is needed, which often includes guidelines and restrictions.
Third Party Charges: Charges for moving services not performed by the mover, but instead by an outside professional, craftsman, or other third party mover at your request. The charges for these moving services are paid by the customer and added to your Bill of Lading charges.
Valuation or Maximum Value Protection: A valuation is the financial worth of your shipment. The valuation charge compensates the mover for assuming a greater degree of liability than that provided by the base transportation charges.
Van Line: The national moving company through which affiliated agents are granted the necessary authority to transport interstate shipments. The van line responsibilities are dispatching, shipment routing and monitoring and paperwork processing along with claims settlement for all interstate shipments handled by its agents.
Van Operator: The van or truck driver handling overall responsibility for the loading, transport and unloading of the customer’s moving boxes and other belongings.
Warehouse Handling: Warehouse handling is an additional moving charge applicable each time Storage-In-Transit service is provided. This charge compensates the mover for the labor (physical placement and removal) of items stored in the warehouse.

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