Guide to Moving Out and Relocating

Glossary of Moving Terms

Airway Bill (AWB) A contract for air transportation and receipt of goods shipped, covers movement by air carrier or air forwarder.
Bill of Lading (B/L) The original shipping contract that lists the dates, services, and actual charges involved in a move and receipt for the shipper’s belongings.
Cbm (cubic metre) Cubic metre = (1cbm = 35.32 cu. ft)
Cft (cubic foot) Cubic foot (1cft = 0.03 cbm)
Customs Examination The physical inspection of a shipment by customs official.
Declaring Value The value which you declared for your shipment; does not necessarily reflect actual worth
Demurrage A charge for detaining a trailer, container (steamship or air) or rail car beyond the time allowed.
Density The number of pounds or kilos per cu foot or cubic meter within a given space.
Door-to-Door The service from residence at origin to residence at destination, not including any storage-in transit, duties and taxes, warehouse handling and any other special services, such as customized crating shuttle service and appliance servicing.
Duty The charge assessed by a government on shipments imported or exported.
Estimated Time of
The estimated time the shipment will arrive at the port of entry

Estimated Time of
The estimated day the driver will leave the origin with the shipment is estimated date on which vessel is to depart from a seaport.
Gross Weight The total weight of a shipment including packing materials and shipping container
Inventory Forms listing each shipping article (a piece of furniture, carton or other individual item not otherwise packages) in your shipment and indicating conditions.
Liftvan Large wooden boxes that are water proof. Sizes vary, but a standard lift van will be anywhere from 200 cubic feet to 250 cubic in size.
Loose Load Household goods are wrapped, packed and placed in cartons and loose load directly into a steamship container.
Net Weight Weight of the shipment and packing materials only.
Overflow Container  The remaining portion of household goods that could not fit into the main body of the shipment.
PSA Port of Singapore Authority
Relocations Consultant Vanpac ‘s individual who assists the shipper and their family in the home-to home moving process from the beginning to end
Shipper The owner of the household goods being transported
Steamship Container Standard sized metal containers to transport goods on ocean going vessels. They come in the following sizes only: 20’, 40’, 40’ high cube (slightly higher than 40’) and 45’ (to North-America only).
The commonly used sizes are 20’ and 40’
Storage in transit  (SIT) Temporary storage of a shipment; it can occur at any time after pick-up, but prior to delivery.
Transit Time The length of time to get from origin to destination.
Valet service This includes mostly full unpacking of all boxes, arrangements of effects in cupboards and on shelves, cooking meals for the family during unpacking days etc.
Valued Inventory A list that establishes the value of your shipment for insurance purposes. A separate list is required for each portion of your shipment ( air, surface and storage)
Volume Net volume: Weight of the shipment and packing materials only.
Gross volume: The total weight of a shipment including packing materials and the shipping container
Volumetric weight: The chargeable weight based on the amount of space occupied.
Warehouse handling One-time-warehouse charges applicable for handling your shipment into storage when storage is requested by you.


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