Household Goods Inventory for Moving Companies

 

An Inventory is one of the required documents that an interstate moving company must provide to their customer.  The Law Office of David Piotrowski can create an inventory template for moving companies.

An interstate household goods moving company must prepare a written, itemized inventory for each shipment of household goods being transported for an individual shipper. The inventory must identify every carton and every uncartoned item that is included in the shipment. When the moving company prepares the inventory, an identification number that corresponds to the inventory must be placed on each article that is included in the shipment.

The household goods moving company must prepare the inventory before or at the time of loading in the vehicle for transportation in a manner that provides the individual shipper with the opportunity to observe and verify the accuracy of the inventory if he or she so requests.

The moving company must furnish a complete copy of the inventory to the individual shipper before or at the time of loading the shipment. A copy of the inventory, signed by both the moving company and the individual shipper, must be provided to the shipper, together with a copy of the bill of lading, before or at the time the shipment is loaded.

Upon delivery, the moving company must provide the individual shipper with the opportunity to observe and verify that the same articles are being delivered and the condition of those articles. The mover must also provide the individual shipper the opportunity to note in writing any missing articles and the condition of any damaged or destroyed articles. In addition, the household goods company must also provide the shipper with a copy of all such notations.

The moving company must retain inventories for each move that it performs for at least one year from the date the inventory was made and keep it as an attachment to be made an integral part of the bill of lading contract.

For help with creating an inventory, contact the Law Office of David Piotrowski.

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