Carrier Agreement

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  • Carrier Agreement Household Goods
  • Agreement Between Movers and Carriers
  • Forms to add new carriers for deliveries

Carrier Agreement for Household Goods

Carrier agreements for household goods transportation are more than important. They are also required by the United States government. Otherwise, a business cannot take place for moving companies, carriers, and customers. A carrier agreement serves as a household goods contract. It enables motor carriers to haul truck household goods on behalf of each household goods customer.

Household goods companies begin the carrier agreement process by negotiating rates. This takes place before any specific terms of a contract have gotten decided. Once a final decision gets met, a carrier agreement for household goods is in place.

What’s an Example of a Carrier Agreement for Household Goods?

Many situations call for having a carrier agreement for household goods. Here is one of the most common. Say a household goods customer makes a post on a load board. The post states that a load has to get picked up in Miami and go to New York City. The potential client offers to pay a carrier $2,000. But that offer is not good enough for the interested carrier.
The carrier asks for $3,000. Next, the two parties negotiate so that the carrier can receive a desirable rate. The parties then agree that $2,500 is a solid rate.
They can now proceed with the rate by using a carrier agreement for household goods. The carrier agreement should include the following five pieces of information.

1. The carrier and customer’s information. (This includes the MC Number#.)
2. The date of the agreement.
3. The number of days to pay.
4. Specific procedures of invoicing.
5. Insurance and liability information.

Agreements are important because carriers must make sure that they will get paid. Plus, they need to know the level of liability that's required. Without a formal carrier agreement in place, household goods shipments cannot get booked and hauled.

How Do You Fill Out a Carrier Agreement for Household Goods?

Filling out standard carrier agreements for household goods transportation is a simple process. The first step is to put a date on each page of the agreement. You should also put your initial on each page of the document. Some companies will ask that you only fill out the last page of the carrier agreement. But many industry experts recommend signing every single page.

This is to help ensure that you agree to each term within the document. Include the following information on the last page of each carrier agreement.

1. The company/carrier name.
2. An authorized signature.
3. A print name.
4. The title of the signee.
5. The address of the company.
6. The city, state, zip code, and country.
7. A phone number. You might also want to include an email address.

Many organizations will include a W-9 form to fill out that accompanies the carrier agreement. You can also include a copy of your authority and insurance information.

What Is the Difference Between a Household Goods Shipper and Carrier?

Household goods shippers and carriers play two very distinct roles. The shipper is the organization/individual that serves as the client. This means that the shipper is the owner/supplier of all shipped commodities. The shipper is sometimes also called the “consignor.” The carrier is the organization or individual responsible for transporting the goods.

The carrier can do so on behalf of any company or person. But transportation is not valid under U.S. law until a carrier agreement gets signed by both parties. Keep in mind that carriers have more responsibilities than shippers do. Carriers are responsible for the potential loss of goods during transportation.

What Are the Types of Household Goods Carriers?

There are two types of carriers that relate to all carrier agreements. They are private carriers and common carriers. USDOT Common carriers are often businesses that specialize in household goods transportation. This can apply to trucking, railroad, and airline transportation. Their business model revolves around transporting property from one place to another.

That’s why common carriers get hired to provide services for the general population. Private carriers play the same role as common carriers. They haul goods on a shipper’s vehicle but they do not charge extra fees. Private carriers operate under exclusive special agreements.

This means that they have the right to reject any transportation effort. In other words, they work as carriers only when they want to. For example, a chartered bus or plane is a private carrier. Common carriers are subject to many U.S. government rules and regulations. Private carriers do not have to adhere to as many of those rules and regulations.

What Does "Carrier" Mean in Household Goods Trucking?

The role of the carrier is a simple concept when it comes to the logistics of household goods trucking. A carrier is any company that has the legal means to transport goods. Most carriers work with shippers. The carriers specialize in shipping goods from one location to another. But shipments are invalid unless a carrier agreement itself is valid. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your agreements meet all legal requirements. Otherwise, carriers risk receiving large fines and penalties. Feel free to contact our organization today for more information about carrier agreements.

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I got the best carrier agreement from Moving Authority. I was impressed with how detailed and well put together it is. The service was superb. I will, of course, keep in touch. I highly recommend them.

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Looking at other companies in operation as long as ours, I noticed that they use customized transportation agreements while still using a standard one. We decided to take the plunge and hire Moving Authority to make a custom transportation agreement. Excellent service. I highly recommend them.

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