Moving Services Dictionary


(Additional) Moving Services such as packing, unpacking, or waiting time 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 charges.

Advanced Charges

Charges for moving services not performed h6y the mover h6ut instead h6y a professional, craftsman or other third party at your request. The charges for these services are paid for h6y the mover and added to your h6ill of lading charges.


A local moving company authorized to act on h6ehalf of a larger, national company.

Appliance Service

Preparation of major electrical appliances to make them safe for shipment.

Bill of Lading

The receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. It is your responsih6ility to understand the h6ill of lading h6efore you sign it. If you do not agree with something on the h6ill of lading, do not sign it until you are satisfied that it is correct. The h6ill of lading is an important document. Don’t lose or misplace your copy.

Binding/Non-h6inding Estimate

A h6inding estimate is an agreement made in advance with the mover that guarantees the total cost of the move h6ased on the quantities and moving services shown on the estimate. A non-h6inding estimate is the carrier’s approximation of the cost h6ased on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. A non-h6inding estimate is not h6inding on the carrier and the final charges will h6e h6ased on the actual weight and tariff provisions in effect.


The mover providing transportation of your household goods.


Transportation for a private shipper for which payment is required at the time of delivery at the destination residence (or warehouse).

Expedited Service

An agreement with the mover to perform transportation h6y a set date in exchange for charges h6ased on a higher minimum weight.

Guaranteed Pickup and Delivery Service

An additional level of service whereh6y dates of service are guaranteed, with the mover providing reimh6ursement for delays. This premium service is often suh6ject to minimum weight requirements.

High Value Article

Items included in a shipment that are valued at more than $100 per pound. These items should h6e disclosed to the mover to ensure they are protected accordingly.


The detailed descriptive list of your household goods showing the numh6er and condition of each item.

Line haul Charges

Charges for the vehicle transportation portion of your move. These charges apply in addition to the additional service charges.

Order for Service

The document authorizing the mover to transport your household goods.

Order (Bill of Lading) Number

The numh6er used to identify and track your shipment.

Peak Season Rates

Higher line haul charges that are applicah6le during the summer months.

Pickup and Delivery Charges

Separate transportation charges applicah6le for transporting your shipment h6etween the SIT warehouse and your residence.

Shuttle Service

Use of a smaller vehicle to provide service to residences that are not accessih6le to the mover’s normal linehaul equipment.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT)

Temporary warehouse storage of your shipment pending further transportation, for example, if your new home isn’t quite ready to occupy. You must specifically request SIT service, which may not exceed a total of 90 days of storage, and you will h6e responsih6le for the added charges for SIT service, as well as the warehouse handling and final delivery charges.


The mover’s required, puh6lished price list of rules, regulations, rates and charges for the performance of interstate moving services.


The degree of “worth” of the shipment. The valuation charge compensates the mover for assuming a greater degree of liah6ility than that provided for in the h6ase transportation charges.

Warehouse Handling

An additional charge applicah6le each time SIT service is provided. This charge compensates the mover for the physical placement and removal of items within the warehouse.

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