International Mover Terms

Accessorial (Additional) Services
Sea & Air International moving services such as packing, appliance servicing, unpacking or stair carries that you request to be performed (or are necessary because of landlord requirements or other special circumstances). Charges for these services are in addition to the transportation charges.

Third Party Services
Charges for services performed by someone other than Sea & Air International, international mover. A professional, craftsman or other third party may perform these services at your request. The mover pays for these services and adds the charges to your bill of lading charges.

An international moving company authorized to act on behalf of Sea & Air International. The agent may handle the booking, origin, hauling and/or destination services.

AMSA Certified Mover
An interstate carrier that transports your household goods shipment under its own operating authority, granted by the Federal Highway Administration. AMSA Certified Movers subscribe to the AMSA Code of Conduct and have pledged to conduct their business in the most efficient and professional manner possible.

Appliance Service by Third Party
The preparation of major electrical appliances to make them safe for shipment. Charges for these services may be in addition to the line haul charges by Sea & Air International.

Bulky Article
To ensure safe transportation, some articles included in a shipment (i.e. big screen TVs. Motorcycles, hot tubs, etc.) require extra handling and/or blocking. There is an extra charge for such items.

The international mover providing transportation of your household goods.

Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.)
Transportation for an individual mover for which payment is required at the time of delivery at the destination residence (or warehouse).

Destination Agent
The agent located at or near your destination who provides necessary services and information at the end of your move.

Estimate, Binding
This is a written agreement made in advance with the international moving company. It guarantees the total cost of the move based upon the quantities and services shown on the estimate.

Estimate, Non-binding
This is the carriers approximation of the cost, based on the estimated cubic feet of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. A non-binding estimate is not binding on the international mover. The final charges will be based upon the actual cubic feet of your international shipment, the overseas mover services provided and the tariff provisions in effect.

Flight Charge/Delivery Above Second Floor
An extra charge for carrying items up or down flights of stairs or the needs of an external elevator.

Household Goods (HHG)
Personal goods or property used or to be used in a home.

The detailed descriptive list of your household goods showing the number and condition of each item.

Long Carry/Shuttle Service/Abnormal Access
An added charge for carrying articles excessive distances between the movers vehicle and the residence. Charges for these international moving services may be in addition to your international move to be paid at destination.

Origin Agent
The agent responsible for performing packing and preparing necessary documentation for the move.

When articles to be shipped are left behind due to insufficient space. An additional shipment is then utilized for transportation and delivery.

PBO (packed by owner)
When articles are packed by the customer for international moving.

Warehouse Handling
An additional charge applicable each time Storage in Transit (SIT) service is provided. This charge compensates the mover for the physical placement and removal of items within the warehouse.

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