The weight of your shipment is obtained by using one of two methods, origin weighing or destination weighing.
These weights must be obtained upon a certified scale.
This is when the mover weighs your shipment in the city of which the shipment is loaded. So the truck must be weighted before coming to your residence, this is the tare weight or light weight. By weighing the truck other items on the truck won't affect the weight of your shipment and the cost. After loading, the driver will weigh the truck again to obtain the loaded weight, which is also called the gross weight or heavy weight. The net weight of your shipment is then obtained by subtracting the tare weight from the gross weight.
This type of weighing is when the mover determines the weight of your shipment at the destination after he/she delivers your load. Weighing your shipment at the destination also does not affect the cost of the move, but you also will not know the exact cost of your move until the services are done. After arriving in the area of where you are moving, the driver will weigh the truck with your shipment on the truck. This is considered the gross weight or heavy weight. Then, after unloading your shipment, the driver will again weight the truck to obtain the tare weight or light weight. The driver will then subtract the tare weight from the gross weight to obtain the net weight of your shipment.
At times of all weighing, the gas tanks must be full and all items used for moving such as dollies and pads must be on the truck. The exception is that the driver must not add fuel to fill the tank for the gross weight if doing origin weighing.
You have the right to observe all weighings of your shipment. Your mover must tell you where and when each weighing will occur and give you a reasonable opportunity to be present to observe the weighings.
If your mover asks you to waive your right to have your shipment weighed on a certified scale, remember it is your choice, and that certified scales are inspected and approved for accuracy, where-as a non-certified scale may be wrong and cause you to pay a higher price at the end.
Your mover must obtain a separate weight ticket for each weighing, and each weight ticket must be signed by the weigh master.
Six items each weight ticket must include:
- Complete name and location of the scale
- Date of each weighing
- Identification of the weight entries as being tare, gross, or net weights
- Company or mover identification of the vehicle
- Last name as it appears on the bill of lading
- Your mover's shipment registration or bill of lading number
Your mover must retain the original weight ticket or tickets as part of your shipments file.
When both weights are performed on the same scale, one ticket can be used to record both weighings.
You can demand a re-weigh of your shipment before the driver actually begins unloading your shipment, if you believe the weight to be not accurate.
Your mover is prohibited to charge you for any re-weighings of your shipment.
If you choose not to observe any re-weighing of your shipment. You have to waive this right in writing.