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Moving Glossary

Accessorial (Additional) Services Charges
Fees that are charged for services such as sorting, packing, unpacking, appliance servicing, additional pickups, elevator carrying and shuttle services. The charges for these services are to be paid in addition to shipping rates.

Advanced Charges (Third Party Service Charges)

The advanced charges are for services which are performed by the third party. This third party will be roped into the contract for on customer request and the services charges of this company will be paid by the moving company. And these charges will be added to your Bill of Lading by the movers.

The local moving company which is authorized to run business activity on behalf of larger and national moving company. This agent holds all the interactions of customer and company.

Appliance Service
The mover offers a service of disconnecting the appliances and reconnecting them at the new house. Those appliances can be refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and dishwasher. These service charges are separate from transportation cost and will be presented in a separate bill. If a moving company doesn’t offer this service then the field will be marked as NA.

Appliance Dolly

A wheeled device used to move heavy appliances like refrigerators, freezers and also oversized furniture. This will be supplied by self-service movers and it allows a single person to perform the task with an ease.

Assessed Value Coverage

This defines how much percentage of amount to be paid per $1000 of assessed value to cover your household items with fully assessed coverage. The items you are moving need a cash value assessment to purchase this protection plan. And if any deductible is applicable then that sum is stated next to the cost-per-$1000. Most assessed valuation policies require covering the entire load.

Operating Authority (Authentication)

It is a certificate for moving companies to operate in certain nominated areas while transporting a shipment. Either state or federal regulators provide this authentication.

Bill Of Lading (BOL, B/L, Waybill, Receipt and Lading Bill)

This is a binding contract between the customer and a mover. A binding contract is a flat price quote provided to the customer with respect to your inventory with an onsite estimation. So, their quotes aren’t subject to change. Do understand the bill of lading before signing it.


Carrier is the moving company which will be hired to ship the belongings.

Carrier Packed
This term is used when the belongings packed into boxes or cartons by the moving company.

Cash on Delivery

In this, the customer makes a payment after receiving the belongings at the prescribed location. Most of them accept cash, check or credit card payments.

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Customs Clearance

It is an international regulation followed by the moving companies while operating across international borders.


While moving on the trailer, the self-service movers prefer to keep commercial belongings behind household belongings. And to keep the shipments secure, a divider will be installed between these two.

Divider Installation

This column in the bill states the extra cost of having a divider.

Elevator Carry

Additional charges you pay to the mover for hiring extra labor while moving.

Expedited Service

This service is high in rate with an agreement of delivering goods on a specific date.

Flight Charge (Stair Carry)

This is an additional cost charged by the mover while carrying your belongings up and down on a flight of stairs. Both the origin and destination cost can be charged by the movers.

Freight Service

The freight service movers are an alternative to the full-service movers. In this service, all your belongings will be moved to the new address from the old address. And, the customer takes the responsibility of packing the belongings in the box on their own well in advance.

Full Replacement Value Protection (Full Replacement Value Coverage)
In this protection plan, if any of your belongings get damaged or lost in mover’s custody then, either the company will repair it or replace it with the same quality or pay you the cost of it.

High-Value Article

The articles which value more than $100 per pound in a shipment.

Hour Rates

These rates are applied for intrastate moving and it is accounted as the number of hours of a truck per mover.


A mover submitted document that details the list of your belongings received and also describes the condition of each of your goods.

Interstate Move

This move is not accounted under the distance you moved, instead it is defined as the move that crosses the state boundary.

Intrastate Move

This move is operated over 40 miles and it does not cross any state boundary.

International Move

The relocation takes place while moving to another country.


It is mandatory for the movers to obtain these certifications to carry intrastate and interstate moving business.

Linehaul Charges

It is a basic charge for long-distance moves. These charges are determined by mileage and weight of the shipment.

Loading Ramp

This inclined plane which connects the moving truck to the ground is provided by the self-storage movers to load the household goods.

Local Move

This move is operated within 40 miles or less.

Long Carry

This is an additional cost charged by the mover while carrying the belongings from the moving vehicle to the new location or vice versa.

Moving Company (Mover)

The mover who is offering the relocation of your move by being an in charge of delivering your goods.

Moving Kit

Kit contains the material to pack your belongings with boxes, bubble wrap, markers, and tape.

Order for Service (Order Number)

This document will be assigned to a bill of lading with a unique number for identification and to track the shipment.

Packing Service

Full-service movers offer packing at the origin and unpacking at the destination services to their customers for a seamless move.

Peak Season Rates

A premium charge that is applicable generally during the summer. Summer is the most popular moving season.

Pickup and Delivery Charges

It’s an extra charge to move the shipment between the storage in the transit and the new location. This happens generally during long moves.


This is a cost of a specific move excluding insurance and extra things.


Entire shipment will be weighed additionally either on the request of a mover or a shipper.

Self-Service Mover

This service is contrary to the full-service mover and it is chosen only to transport the belongings. Rest packing and unpacking will be taken care by the customer itself.

Service Order

An approval document which authorizes the movers to transport your goods.

Short Haul

A move which is under 450 miles. Carriers use a straight truck for move mostly. If the size of the move is big then tractor-trailers will be in the action.

Shuttle Service

If getting the larger moving trailer is not possible due to the constraints then the smaller vehicle is used to transport the good.

Storage Coverage

If belongings are kept in storage for a long time than an expected duration, then an additional coverage has to be purchased separately or can be extended.


When the new home isn’t yet ready to occupy then you can make use of a warehouse to store your belongings temporarily for a maximum of 180 days. An additional price will be charged by the mover.

Surface Transportation Board

US DOT has an agency within to set the household tariffs and responsibilities.


An individual mover needs to publish the rates, regulations, rules, classifications, and provisions to perform the moving services. This approach gives a secure and reliable experience to the customers.

Tractor- Trailer (Road Van)

A move which is over 450 miles. Carriers use tractor-trailers either for heavy local shipping or long-distance shipment.

Transit Insurance

This is a liability coverage to protect the shipment during transit. The coverage varies with the movers, better to ask with the mover.

Transport Type

Different transportation methods will be used by the moving companies to ship your belongings. The three popular types are a truck, trailer, and mobile container.


Valuation offered by the carrier is the worth of the shipment they are liable to replace either for loss or damage. In case of riots, strikes, civil unrest or climatic conditions like hurricanes, tornado, and earthquakes the movers aren’t liable for your assets.

Warehouse Handling

Excess charges are applicable every time storage-in-transit services are employed. The moving company gets compensate for the additional charges paid by the customer for placement and shipment of goods in the warehouse.

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