at Merit Movers want our customers to know what their rights are under
New Jersey law. With that in mind, we present you with an online
copy of "Important Notice To Consumers Utilizing Public Movers", a pamphlet
put out by the New Jersey Board of Public Movers and Warehousemen.
We hope that this will come in handy when selecting your mover.
As prescribed by the
New Jersey Board of Public Movers and Warehousemen
This pamphlet is of
importance to you as a shipper of household goods and is being furnished
by the public mover pursuant to a requirement of the New Jersey State Board
of Public Movers and Warehousemen. It relates to the transportation
of household goods in intrastate commerce by licensed public movers.
You should be sure to obtain the complete and correct name, business address,
license number and telephone number of the public mover who is to transport
your shipment, and keep that public mover informed as to how and where
you may be reached at all times until the shipment is delivered.
Before completing arrangements for the shipment of your house hold goods,
all the information herein should be considered carefully by you.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE SURE THE PUBLIC MOVER YOU SELECT IS LICENSED BY THE
STATE OF NEW JERSEY. You may contact the New Jersey Board of Public
Movers and Warehousemen to determine if a mover is licensed and in good
standing with them.
are not permitted and a visual survey of your goods must be made by the
mover before an estimate is prepared. This estimate must be in writing
and a copy given to you. To get a reasonably accurate estimate you
must show the estimator everything you intend to ship. An estimate
is not a bid or a contract, and choosing the public mover submitting the
lowest estimate will not assure you the lowest cost move. Regardless
of any estimate, the actual weight of goods and the amount of packing or
other accessorial service performed by the public mover or the actual time
involved will determine the final amount you must pay for your move.
Some movers charge additional fees, such as "travel time", etc. Be
sure to ask for all additional costs when you are given an estimate for
your move. Public movers cannot determine exactly what your move
will cost until the move is completed (in the case of hourly rate moves)
or until the shipment is weighed (in the case of weight-based moves).
Before your shipment
leaves the point of origin, you should obtain from the public mover a bill
of lading signed by you and the public mover. Be sure that this shows
the public mover's name, address, license number and telephone number at
which you can reach the public mover, and an address and telephone number
furnished by you to which the public mover can send messages regarding
your shipment while it in his possession, the location from and to which
your goods are moving, the date of loading, date of delivery, storage instructions
(if any) and the declared or released valuation of the goods. This
bill of lading will list all the actual charges you have to pay for services
rendered by the mover.
If the public mover's
rates are determined by the hour, the mover will require you to sign for
the start and finish time of the actual working hours (subject to the mover's
minimum number of hours). You will note and initial on the bill of
lading at the time your truck arrives at your origin and again note and
initial the time the men deliver the last piece into your new residence.
To this time you will add the appropriate travel time, if travel time is
applicable, and deduct for time spent by the movers for lunch time or for
time spent for any breakdown of the vehicle, and for any time spent in
excess of normal for the truck being "lost" en route to your new residence.
Any accessorial charges will be in addition to the hourly charges.
If the public mover's
transportation charges are determined on the basis of weight of your shipment
and mile traveled, the public mover will weigh its empty vehicle prior
to the loading of your goods. This weight will be called the TARE WEIGHT.
After loading your goods, the vehicle will again be weighed and this weight
will be called the GROSS WEIGHT. The difference between these two weights
is the NET WEIGHT, and this is the weight you will pay the transportation
charges on. If your shipment weighs less than 1000 pounds, the mover
may weigh it prior to loading by using a portable scale or use an estimated
weight based on cubic feet. Some movers may have minimum weight requirements.
The weight tickets obtained by the mover must have a seal on them showing
that the truck scale used is approved by the NJ bureau of Weights and Measure.
You are permitted to follow the loaded truck to the weigh station to view
The public mover will
require payment in cash, money order or certified check before unloading
your goods unless credit arrangements were made beforehand. Be prepared
in case the actual charges demanded at this time are greater than what
Some articles such
as stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, computers, copiers, and other
electronic devices may require disconnection and usually require special
servicing to protect their mechanisms during shipment. It is your
responsibility to have this done. Some public movers, upon request,
will arrange to have this servicing done at your expense. You should
arrange to take down all blinds, draperies, window cornices, mirrors, and
other items attached to the walls, and to take up carpets which are tacked
down. The charge for such service is not included in the transportation
charge and may be performed by the public mover at an extra per-hour charge.
The mover should be advised prior to your moving date that these services
are needed. Under no circumstances should you pack jewelry, money,
or valuable papers with your other belongings, or pack any matches. flammables,
perishables, or other dangerous articles. The mover will not be responsible
for these items should they be transported without his knowledge.
Many articles must
be packed in dish packs, cartons or crates so that they can be handled
safely. You may do your own packing. However, the public mover
is not responsible for damage resulting from any faulty packing you perform.
You may also elect to have the public mover do any or all of the packing
for you, realizing that there is a charge for these services. The
public mover will unpack containers it has packed, if desired, but not
those you have packed. If you fail to pack items that require packing
for safe handling, or pack them in such a way as to be unsafe from damage,
the mover may either refuse to transport these items or will pack them
and charge his tariff rates for this service.
for Loss and
The public mover offers
to you as the shipper a base rate called a release rate which is printed
in their tariff, Order for Service, and Bill of Lading. The base
rate limits the public mover's responsibility for your goods to $.60 per
pound per article and is not to be construed as insurance. This means
that if any article is damaged or destroyed beyond repair, you will be
reimbursed at $.60 times the actual weight of the item. Depending
on the mover you select, methods of insuring your cargo follow:
may declare a total value for your shipment at an additional premium.
Usually there are Actual Value and Replacement Value policies available.
The rates and conditions may vary with each mover. You can declare
this value on the "Order for Service" form that the mover gives you after
you book the job with them.
When you order additional
insurance from the mover, he must provide you with a certificate of insurance
that gives you full information about this insurance, the insurance company
holding this policy, and any deductibles involved.
may purchase your own cargo insurance through your insurance broker.
It is suggested that the rate for the insurance be compared with those
of the mover. Insurance obtained from your broker will be at your
movers use what is called a full value bill of lading. Under the
terms of this type of bill of lading, the shipper may declare a value on
the entire shipment which must be a value equal to or greater than $1.25
times the estimated or actual weight. Unless the shipper declares
a value in writing, the shipment will be insured for a value of $1.25 x
the weight automatically. There is a charge to the shipper for the
mover assuming this liability. If the shipper does not wish to declare
a value, the shipper must write $.60 per pound in his own handwriting on
the bill of lading.
or Damaged Articles
Be sure to check your
goods as they are delivered. Note any lost articles or damage on
the bill of lading which you will sign upon completion of the delivery.
If other loss or damage is discovered later, notify the mover immediately.
No claim for damages or missing items will be honored by the mover until
your bill is paid in full.
These are publications
in printed form, containing the rates, charges and rules of the public
movers. The tariffs of all public movers are not the same, but all
of them are open to public inspection and may be examined at the public
mover's office or at the office of the Board of Public Movers and Warehousemen
during normal business hours. All tariffs contain rules and regulations,
and those in the tariff of the public mover serving you must be applied
in determining the charges on your shipment. Among the rules and
regulations normally appearing in published tariffs may be special provisions
such as "shipments picked up or delivered at more than one place", packing
and marking, diversion of shipments en route, additional services, etc.,
the charges for which are called "ACCESSORIAL CHARGES" and which include
services such as packing, unpacking, and furnishing of boxes or other containers,
and carrying pianos up or down steps, etc.
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