This is the most important document. It serves as the contract between the mover and the customer and their shipment's transportation. It contains all of the essential terms and conditions of the agreement between the shipper and the mover.
The Bill of Lading is executed and signed by the shipper on the day of the move after the shipment has been loaded and before the moving truck leaves the residence. Once copy is given to customer and one will accompany the shipment with driver.
Bill of Lading includes a valuation section that indicates the "release value" of the goods being transported that, in turn, establishes the liability of the mover for the goods in the event of loss or damage.
Bill of Lading serves to identify the mover and specifies when the transportation is to be performed.
It specifies the terms and conditions for payment of the charges and the maximum amount required to be paid at the time of delivery for shipments moving under non-binding estimate.
Bill of Lading furnished to customers moving under non-binding estimate will be only partially complete copy at the time the truck leaves customer's residence. Partially complete bill of lading must contain all relevant information - except the actual weight of the shipment, which will be determined only after the truck is weighed, and any other information necessary to determine the final charges for all services to be performed.
A copy of bill of lading must accompany the shipment at all times while in mover's possession. The copy will be kept by mover filed for at least one year since the completion of the move.