AMSA Benefits Moving Companies & Consumers

American Moving and Storage Association

  1. What is the American Moving & Storage Association?
  2. What Does AMSA Do?
  3. What It Means to Be Part of AMSA For Moving Companies
  4. AMSA Encourages Consumer Education 
  5. Being Part of the ProMover Program
  6. AMSA Symbolizes Excellence In the Moving & Storage Industry
  7. Moving Authority's Reputation & Resources 

1. What is the American Moving & Storage Association?

In any industry typically there are elite associations or organizations that distinguish few companies as top competitors due to their overall excellence in their niche. The American Moving and Storage Association is the national trade association for the moving and storage industry throughout the United States. This organization essentially has a set of high standards and a code of ethics that must be followed by a moving company to be recognized as a top-notch moving and storage company

2. What Does AMSA Do?

Established in 1936, this non-profit association was put into place with the purpose of representing and improving the moving and storage industry. AMSA is representative of professionally experienced moving companies both domestically and internationally, while also providing an accurate source of information to provide customers within the moving and storage industry.

AMSA's mission is to set standards by supporting government regulations put in place by the USDOT in order to protect customers while at the same time supporting quality moving professionals in their endeavors to provide exceptional services. The AMSA is a membership for professional moving companies, interstate and local. Membership is exclusive to moving companies who AMSA sees as accomplished in the services their moving company provides to its customers. This sets them apart as they endeavor to reduce the amount of moving scams that take advantage of uninformed consumers. 

3. What It Means to Be Part of AMSA For Moving Companies

To become a member, AMSA screens the moving company to ensure confidence in their licensing and insurance requirements. With around upwards of 4,000 members, this trade organization offers many services to the member who meets the high standards they have put in place. As a member based association, they provide services to moving company members including legal assistance, federal government representation, tax assistance, financial reports, statistic reports, and loss and damage claim dispute arbitration.

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Although AMSA is an association dedicated to upholding excellent standards for movers and moving companies, it is also very educational and informative. Professionally published, they consistently stay current with business trends and up to date with news, and also provide data summaries as well.

4. AMSA Encourages Consumer Education 

Educating consumers about the necessity of quality professional moving companies is also another goal of AMSA's. It is known for offering informative moving tips and other information ranging from packing, to when to book a move, to how to choose a mover. They work to improve consumer understanding of the value of professional moving services. They also inform consumers about the process of moving and what they need to begin with such as attaining three estimates and how to make them more accurate, for example. Similar to Moving Authority's pages, AMSA seeks to educate consumers in order to protect themselves from scams but also provides other information about how to move certain items etc. They are in essence trying to open a communication outlet to provide consumers with crucial components of the moving and storage industry. 

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5. Being Part of the ProMover Program

As of January 1, 2009, AMSA put a certification program into place, called ProMover. The intent of this program is to protect consumers from rogue movers or scams by distinguishing and listing qualified professional moving companies that meet their code of ethics. This way, customers can easily identify reputable moving companies and navigate through the moving and storage industry without becoming a victim of illegal operations.
Although this program promotes high standards and quality service in addition to encouraging consumers to recognize this, AMSA is not a government association or agency. This is very important to note because if a consumer chooses a moving company from their list of ProMovers that are guaranteed licensed and insured. They must be operating legally under the requirements of the DOT. If the company is not up to par, AMSA has no control over the situation. However, if they find a company unsuitable and sub par to their ethics and standards, they will remove them from their program.

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6. AMSA Symbolizes Excellence In the Moving & Storage Industry 

For moving companies, AMSA has become a highly respected organization which many strive to become a member of simply for them to associate themselves with their name, like a mark proving their quality movers. AMSA awards are also used by many as a way to be seen as a truly excellent company.

7. Moving Authority's Reputation & Resources

Of course, AMSA is a well-known and renowned association that companies like to associate their businesses with, Moving Authority provides resources for both movers and consumers as well. Similarly, we have a comprehensive list of local and interstate movers from all over the 50 United States. Since the launching of our company, we have become largely known within the moving industry by many associations. We offer an affiliate program to our companies as well to add credibility to your website and company. This is simply an extra step to let your customers know you care about your reputation and to show that you are affiliated with a reputable company.
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