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Moving companies have a host of terms for the details of handling household goods.
A Short Glossary
- Accessorial service. Packing, unpacking and services other than transportation.
- Advanced charges. Fees paid for services performed by others. They’re added to the moving bill.
- Bill of lading. The document for shipping goods.
- Claim. The written statement requesting reimbursement for a lost or damaged item.
- Contract number. Identifying number of a shipment. It’s found on the order for service and the bill of lading.
- Consignee. The person at the destination receiving goods shipped by someone else.
- Delivery spread. The period when a mover will deliver household goods.
- Destination agent. The agent who will provide services at the destination.
- Flight charge. An accessorial charge — for moving goods up flights of stairs.
- Freight bill. The amount indicating the actual cost of the move.
- Gross weight. Total weight of the van and the shipment.
- Linehaul. The transportation portion of the move.
- Order for service.The document the customer signs authorizing the movement of goods.
- Origin agent. The agent responsible for the packing and loading of goods.
- Pickup spread. The period during which the mover will pick up goods.
- Storage-in-transit (SIT). Temporary storage of household goods for not more than 90 days.
- Tare weight. Weight of the van before loading.
- Tariff. Price schedule on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission.
- Valuation. The value the customer places on the goods when releasing them to the carrier.
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