Welcome!

News Feed Item

Canadian Association of Movers: Consumers Must Take Steps to Protect their Goods in Transit

The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) recommends that consumers learn about the respective liability of movers and consumers during a move and take the necessary steps to protect their property

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/30/14 -- Moving a home filled with furniture and fragile property to a destination without any scratches, breakage or loss is the sign of a reputable mover. But damage to a customer's goods can occur even with the best trained movers. Now imagine what happens to goods if they are moved carelessly by untrained, scam operators using poor equipment, without insurance!

Who is responsible for loss or damage is the most hotly-contested issue in moving complaints. Consumers need to recognize the risks, understand who's liable and take steps to protect themselves. The Canadian Association of Movers has some advice for consumers.

Your homeowner's insurance probably does not cover your household goods in transit. It's important that consumers understand what the mover will do in the event of a problem. The consumer must ask important questions and get the answers in writing! Ask what happens if a chair is broken, the contents of a box that you packed are damaged, the contents of a box that the mover packed are damaged or your fine artwork is lost.

The liability for loss or damage is shared between the consumer and the mover. In law, a mover's liability is only $0.60 per pound per article moved and the consumer assumes the remainder of the risk. This means that for a 50-pound TV the mover's liability is $30. This coverage is generally not sufficient to protect the customer. Household goods, on average, are worth $10 per pound or more.

A reputable mover will offer to accept the customer's risk for a fee or include this coverage in the price of the move. The fee may be based on either the value that the customer declares for the goods or the $10 per pound average.

The mover is not liable for loss of or damage to contents of customer-packed boxes unless there is negligence by the mover.

If the consumer has to file a claim for lost or damaged articles, it's the mover's option whether to arrange for repair or replacement within limits of the mover's liability.

A mover is only required to replace or repair the lost or damaged piece or pieces of a set - not the complete set. The mover is not liable for damage to mechanical, electronic or other operations of articles such as radios, clocks, appliances and musical instruments, irrespective of who packed or unpacked them, unless the mover performed or arranged for servicing and preparation of these articles prior to the move. Neither is the mover liable for deterioration of or damage to perishables like food or plants. Remember that your computer is replaceable but the data it contains are not. So back it up and, at minimum, carry the backup with you if not the entire computer.

Movers are only liable for goods that are disclosed to the mover on the face of the contract - the Bill of Lading. If items are carried by the mover without knowledge and the customer claims loss or damage, the mover cannot be held liable.

Consumers should not put jewelry, money, stocks/bonds and important documents in with the household shipment, but should carry these themselves. Items of extraordinary value should be appraised before shipping to ensure that their valuation is understood by both the mover and consumer.

Remember that you must ask for an explanation of your risks and the steps the mover will take to reduce the risk of loss or damage. It's easier to fix a problem before it happens than to try to get compensation after the fact. Get all your agreements with the mover in writing.

And finally, your best protection in reducing your risk is to hire a reputable mover. Contact CAM for assistance in hiring a reputable mover who will provide professional moving services - a mover that subscribes to CAM's code of ethics, meets CAM's business standards and commits to mediation in the unlikely event of a dispute.

CAM works to remove rogues that are harming Canadian consumers and to assist consumers in finding reputable movers that won't cheat and abuse them. During 2014, CAM's Year of the Reputable Mover, CAM will be working to educate consumers about the pitfalls of using rogue businesses and on how to find a professional moving company. Good consumer relations and an industry with a positive reputation are in everyone's interest.

For further information: Contact the Canadian Association of Movers, Canada's moving industry trade association. CAM helps consumers by identifying good movers and monitoring movers' performance. Consumers should contact CAM at 1-866-860-0065; visit CAM's website, www.mover.net; fax enquiry to 1-866-601-8499; mail to PO Box 30039, RPO New Westminster, Thornhill, ON, Canada L4J 0C6.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
"Outscale was founded in 2010, is based in France, is a strategic partner to Dassault Systémes and has done quite a bit of work with divisions of Dassault," explained Jackie Funk, Digital Marketing exec at Outscale, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.