Glossary of Moving Terms

Like any specialized field, various terms are used to describe what we think are common every day occurrences. This glossary will help you understand "moverspeak"
2 Wheeler
2 Wheeled truck dolly used to carry cartons and furniture.
Dolly
4 wheeled dolly used to carry furniture and cartons.
18 Wheeler
Truck tractor and semi trailer
Accessorial Services
Services provided by an agent, such as appliance servicing or extra pickups in addition to the transportation of household goods.
Agent (Moving)
Moving company authorized to perform origin and destination services and hauling of household goods.
Air-Kan Service
Forwarding of household goods by cargo plane.
Appliance Cart
2 wheeled truck dolly made especially for appliances.
Area Surcharge
Mileage in larger metropolitan areas cannot be readily determined so an area surcharge is used.
Bill of Lading (BILL)
The major contract or shipping document that is signed by both the shipper and United agent at the time goods are loaded and again at delivery, completing the transaction. It contains all charges for services performed. Plains Shipper's statement of damage or loss to household goods while in the charge of a carrier or its agent.
Bins
Plastic shipping containers approximately 4 cubic feet capacity.
Booking Member
Your main moving contractor..
Carton
Cardboard boxes of different cubic feet used to pack miscellaneous items.
CC
Certified Check All movers require payment in cash or certified check unless arrangements are made in advance.

China Cartons or China Barrels)

Cardboard cartons of 5 cubic feet with thicker cardboard walls that are just used to pack fragile items. When packed professionally, they can hold a full dinner set for eight or the equivalent of 80 glasses.
COD
Cash on Delivery How most moves are paid.
Computer Rack
Large mobile rack for carrying and moving personnel computers.
Consignee
Person noted on bill of lading to receive shipment at destination.
Consignor
Person named on shipping documents as authorized at origin to release goods to a transportation company.
Crane
Used to move larger pieces in and out when no other access is available.
Crate
Wood constructed box used for stone tables, plate glass and over sized pieces that are too large or fragile for cardboard cartons. Also used for fragile artwork
Cube Van
Small truck with a van body.
Customs Bond
A bond or guarantee for the strict observance of customs laws; used for bonding goods until release by customs authorities.
Customs Broker
Person holding a license to endue in clearing goods through customs. Destination Agent (D/A): The agent in the destination city to which a shipment is consigned.
DA
Destination Agent The Mover that your Booking Member has decide will service your moving needs at the destination residence.

DANGEROUS GOODS

his terms refers to any substance that is flammable, explosive, combustible or corrosive such as propane tanks, aerosol cans, fuel of any type, drain cleaner, oil-based paints, car batteries, etc.
Domestic Container Service
To qualify you must be going over 800 miles in Canada. You received and we receive an Extended TTG.
Door-to-Door Service
Shipment of household goods direct from origin to destination.
Duty
A government-levied tax on the importation or exportation of "use and consumption" goods.
Emergency Assistance Plan
An optional, comprehensive program offered by Relocation Services to assist expatriate families with medical, legal and travel emergencies while overseas.
Entry Requirements
Procedures set forth by governments to allow importation of goods into their countries.
Estimate
An approximation of moving costs, size and bulk, determined by an agent's physical survey of a shipment.
ETA
Estimated time of arrival.
ETD
Estimated time of departure.
Extended Transit Time Guide
Used with the Domestic Container service. we can delay shipping your container for an extended period and you can delay receiving your goods. It's a great plan if you require delayed occupancy at destination residence or you want to vacation on your way to your new residence.
Extra Stop (Pickup/Delivery)
If a van operator is required to make an extra stop at either origin or destination other than the main pickup or delivery points, an extra charge will be assessed, with the amount to be determined by the tariff, contract or rate schedule.
Forwarder
People, a moving company or broker especially licensed for the transportation of goods throughout the world.
Gross Weight
The weight of an article together with the weight of packing material and its container.
Hoisting
Term used when ropes and pulleys are used to move larger pieces in and out.
Hump Strap
Large strap used to carry boxes and small furniture on your back.
Inventory
A multi-copy form used by a van operator to record a description and number of articles to be shipped. The inventory also contains a description of the condition of items at the time of pickup and allows the shipper to annotate the description of items upon delivery or receipt at destination.
Liability
The maximum amount for which a carrier is normally liable in connection with loss or damage of cargo while in transit or storage.
Lift-Van
A wooden container used on overseas removals. Manufactured or built specifically to transport household goods.
Local Move
A move usually with town and charged a hourly rate.
Long Distance Move
A move within North America and a distance of more than 50 miles.
LTS
Long Term Storage Goods stored for more than 1 year.
OA
Origin Agent The Mover that your Booking Member has decide will service your moving needs at your origin residence. Agent who provides preliminary preparations of shipments before movement.
On-Site Services
Destination relocation support offered by Relocation Services. Includes everything from finding a home and school, to full settling-in assistance overseas.
Order for Service
The document authorizing a carrier to transport household goods.
Order Number
The unique number assigned to your shipment.
Overseas Container
A steel cargo container designed for land transportation and marine use. Made in 20 and 40 feet lengths.

China Cartons or China Barrels)

Cardboard cartons of 5 cubic feet with thicker cardboard walls that are just used to pack fragile items. When packed professionally, they can hold a full dinner set for eight or the equivalent of 80 glasses. COD Cash on Delivery How most moves are paid. Computer Rack Large mobile rack for carrying and moving personnel computers.
Consignee
Person noted on bill of lading to receive shipment at destination.
Consignor
Person named on shipping documents as authorized at origin to release goods to a transportation company.
Crane
Used to move larger pieces in and out when no other access is available.
Crate
Wood constructed box used for stone tables, plate glass and over sized pieces that are too large or fragile for cardboard cartons. Also used for fragile artwork
Cube Van
Small truck with a van body.
Customs Bond
A bond or guarantee for the strict observance of customs laws; used for bonding goods until release by customs authorities.
Customs Broker
Person holding a license to endue in clearing goods through customs. Destination Agent (D/A): The agent in the destination city to which a shipment is consigned.
DA
Destination Agent
The Mover that your Booking Member has decide will service your moving needs at the destination residence.

DANGEROUS GOODS

This terms refers to any substance that is flammable, explosive, combustible or corrosive such as propane tanks, aerosol cans, fuel of any type, drain cleaner, oil-based paints, car batteries, etc.
Domestic Container Service
To qualify you must be going over 800 miles in Canada. You received and we receive an Extended TTG.
Door-to-Door Service
Shipment of household goods direct from origin to destination. Duty A government-levied tax on the importation or exportation of "use and consumption" goods.
Emergency Assistance Plan
An optional, comprehensive program offered by Relocation Services to assist expatriate families with medical, legal and travel emergencies while overseas.
Entry Requirements
Procedures set forth by governments to allow importation of goods into their countries.
Estimate
An approximation of moving costs, size and bulk, determined by an agent's physical survey of a shipment.
ETA
Estimated time of arrival.
ETD
Estimated time of departure.
Extended Transit Time Guide
Used with the Domestic Container service. we can delay shipping your container for an extended period and you can delay receiving your goods. It's a great plan if you require delayed occupancy at destination residence or you want to vacation on your way to your new residence.
Extra Stop (Pickup/Delivery)
If a van operator is required to make an extra stop at either origin or destination other than the main pickup or delivery points, an extra charge will be assessed, with the amount to be determined by the tariff, contract or rate schedule.
Forwarder
People, a moving company or broker especially licensed for the transportation of goods throughout the world.
Gross Weight
The weight of an article together with the weight of packing material and its container.
Hoisting
Term used when ropes and pulleys are used to move larger pieces in and out.
Hump Strap Large strap used to carry boxes and small furniture on your back.
Inventory
A multi-copy form used by a van operator to record a description and number of articles to be shipped. The inventory also contains a description of the condition of items at the time of pickup and allows the shipper to annotate the description of items upon delivery or receipt at destination.
Liability
The maximum amount for which a carrier is normally liable in connection with loss or damage of cargo while in transit or storage.
Lift-Van
A wooden container used on overseas removals. Manufactured or built specifically to transport household goods.
Local Move
A move usually with town and charged a hourly rate.
Long Distance Move
A move within North America and a distance of more than 50 miles.
LTS
Long Term Storage
Goods stored for more than 1 year.
OA
Origin Agent
The Mover that your Booking Member has decide will service your moving needs at your origin residence. Agent who provides preliminary preparations of shipments before movement.
On-Site Services
Destination relocation support offered by Relocation Services. Includes everything from finding a home and school, to full settling-in assistance overseas.
Order for Service
The document authorizing a carrier to transport household goods.
Order Number
The unique number assigned to your shipment.
Overseas Container
A steel cargo container designed for land transportation and marine use. Made in 20 and 40 feet lengths.

PACKING

This refers to cartons and is not to be confused with loading of the van (packing the van)
Packing Material
Tape, clean newsprint, cartons, bubblewrap, etc.
Packing Service
Complete professional packing of the belongings in boxes, crates, etc. as required

PACKING PAPER

We use unprinted newsprint to wrap and protect fragile items (dishes, glasses, lamps, etc.) as well as cushioning and stuffing in the cartons.

PACKING TAPE

This is usually transparent tape that comes in rolls approx. 2 inches thick. A tape gun is a handy tool to dispense packing tape.
Pad
Large quilted blanket used to protect furniture.
Partial Pack
Professional Packing of only certain items usually fragile or valuable pieces and you pack the rest.
PBC (PEA)
Packed By Carrier (Packed By Agent).
PBO
Packed By Owner.
Permanent Storage
After a shipment has been in storage a specified number of days (depending on the van line), the bill of lading ceases and the warehouse must write up a new contract and assume responsibility for the shipment, which then is termed in "permanent storage." Prior to that time, shipment is in "temporary storage"or is "storage in transit" (SIT).
Plastic Covers
Covers designed to protest upholstered items and carpets.
Port Broker
A person or company designated to clear goods or merchandise through customs for a consignee or shipper.
Prohibited Articles
Items a mover will not handle, such as explosives and flammables.
Sanitized
Another United Van lines exclusive service. All equipment must go through this process at least twice a year to remove mildew and odors that can soil shipments.
Shuttle
A small truck used to move furniture between the long distance van and the residence when the residence is inaccessible to the large van. Skin A burlap backed furniture cover used to save space
Storage In Transit (SIT)
A shipment, while under a bill of lading, held in the warehouse of a carrier pending further transportation; may be in SIT for a specified number of days before storage becomes "permanent."
Straight Truck
Truck with a van body
Straps
Equipment used to move heavy appliances and machines.
STS
Short Term Storage Goods stored less than one year
Surcharge
An amount added to the bill of lading to compensate the mover for obstacles that are above and beyond the normal move.
Tea Chest
A sturdy double walled carton.
TRAVELING TIME
This is the time it takes for the van and crew to travel from our warehouse to your current home and the time It takes to travel from your new home back to our warehouse.
TTG
Transit Time Guide The delivery spread calculated on weight and distance that we have to get your goods to you without any penalty on our part(motels,meals,etc.) and the time that you must accept your goods without incurring extra charges (waiting time, SIT, etc.).
Van Foreman
The van driver who is in charge of all people working on your move.
Warp Box
Large Shipping carton on a dolly that can be loaded with small odd shaped items and wheeled through doors and into elevators.
Waiting Time
Time that is charged when the van is waiting to be unloaded and the residence is not available.

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