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Moving Terms Dictionary: Part 2

The Melbourne movers from All My Sons Moving & Storage want to help you become aware of the different moving terms and costs associated with a move of any size. Here is our moving terms dictionary Part Two:


Non-Allowables (Prohibited Items): The carrier will not accept shipment property that will contaminate or damage the carrier's property or the property of other customers, such as chemicals and propane tanks. The carrier will also not remove items that would damage the premises (i.e., furniture that will not fit through doorways).  Perishable items and plants are also not allowed on the shipment truck.

Order for Service: A document authorizing the moving company to transport your household goods.

Origin & Destination Service Charge: A hundredweight rate that applies based on the weight of the shipment plus any weight additives and location where the shipment is picked up and delivered.


Origin agent: The agent designated in the origin area to be available for preliminary tasks of the shipment before moving and/or to provide information regarding the customer's move.

Overflow: When articles to be shipped are left behind due to insufficient space on the primary van. An additional van(s) is then utilized for transportation and delivery.

PBO (Packed by Owner): When items are packed by the customer for moving. No packing charges will be included.


Reweigh: Before the actual initiation of the unloading of your shipment, you may request a reweigh of the shipment. If a reweigh is performed the actual charges will be based upon the reweigh weight, regardless of whether the reweigh weight is higher or lower than the first weight of the shipment.

Storage-in-Transit (SIT): The temporary storage of your household goods in the warehouse of the carrier's agent, pending further transportation at a later date.

Survey: Performed by an agent to examine the customer's belongings in order to develop an estimate or quote of move charges.

Tariff: A publication containing the carrier's rates, rules, and regulations for services performed, applicable to the customer's unique move.

Third-Party Services: Performed by someone other than the carrier or its agents at request of the customer or required by federal, state, or local law (e.g., appliance servicing, crating).

Unpacking: Removing the customer's goods from containers and placing them on a flat surface, as well as the disposal of such containers and packing materials.

Valuation: A tariff-based coverage for a customer's household goods while they are in the care, custody, and control of the carrier. Valuation is separate from insurance.

Van Operator: Oversees the loading, hauling, and unloading of your personal possessions.


Waiting Time: If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment within the free waiting time, which is usually 2 hours, after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made.

Weight Additive: Some articles included in a shipment are comparatively light and occupy space in the van that are not commensurate with their weight. For instance, one might load 4,000 pounds of furniture and cartons in the space taken by a 1,500-pound boat.