Before the Interstate Commerce Commission: Practices of Motor Common Carriers of Household Goods

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on December 1, 1976
by Council on Wage and Price Stability

On September 3, 1976, the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC or Commission) published in the Federal Register a request for public comment on a proposal to eliminate or modify the requirement that carriers of household goods provide, upon request, an estimate of the cost of shipping (41 FR 37350). Under current ICC regulations, all charges made by interstate carriers are regulated. Thus, the cost of moving a particular shipment of household goods between two points is virtually the same, regardless of mover. Even so, many shippers desire to have an destimate of charges prior to contracting for a move. One reason for this is that by ICC regulation the ordinary consumer must pay for shipments in cash (or by certified check) at the time delivery is made.

When requested to give an estimate, the mover must follow a particular estimating procedure prescribed by the Commission. These rules specify the use of uniform estimating sheets, a uniform table of measurements, and a requirement that all estimates use a weight of not less than seven pounds per cubic foot of goods to be moved.

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