Moving Terminology 101

terminology2Whether moving locally or long distance, there’s common terminology used among moving companies. To help you better understand all your paperwork and communications, the below list has some common terms.

Bill of Lading. Important document serving as the receipt and contract for the transportation of your goods. Be sure to contact your mover regarding any questions on your Bill of Lading.

Carrier. Moving company transporting your belongings.

CP (Carrier Pack). Term used when packing is done by the carrier.

Estimate, Binding. Agreed upon price between the shipper and carrier decided prior to the move and based on the items surveyed and services discussed.

Estimate, Non-Binding. Final charges will be based on actual weight of the shipment and services provided, not the estimated price provided during the survey.

Estimate, Not To Exceed. Final charges will not be more than the agreed upon price based on items surveyed and services discussed, but charges may be less if actual weight of the shipment is less than estimated.   

PBO (Pack By Owner). Refers to packing done by the shipper.

Shipper. Owner of goods being transported.

Shuttle. Use of a smaller vehicle for loading/unloading services if locations aren’t accessible by the main truck.

S.I.T (Storage In Transit). Most commonly used for interstate moves, S.I.T. refers to temporary storage up to 90 days if needed during transportation of goods. For example, if you have a one month wait before you can get into your new home then S.I.T. would be used.

Tariff. Regulations set for movers regarding pricing, procedures, etc.

Valuation. Degree of worth placed on your shipment for the purpose of reimbursement for lost or damaged goods.

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Author: Samantha Barkley


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