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Rule 4901:2-19-09 | Receipt or bill of lading.


(A) A carrier shall immediately issue a receipt or bill of lading upon receiving household goods for an intrastate move.

(B) A bill of lading shall include:

(1) The name, address, telephone number and certificate number of the carrier which will transport the shipment;

(2) The actual pickup date and the agreed delivery date or the agreed period of time within which delivery of the shipment is expected at the destination;

(3) If the carrier's rates for the shipment are based upon the weight of the shipment, the tare, gross and net weights, weighed as required by paragraph (B) of rule 4901:2-19-07 of the Administrative Code;

(a) The carrier shall enter the tare weight on the copy of the receipt or bill of lading and shall attach the tare weight ticket to it before the vehicle(s) has been loaded.

(b) True copies of the gross weight tickets required by paragraph (B) of rule 4901:2-19-07 of the Administrative Code shall be attached to the receipt or bill of lading as soon as such weight tickets are obtained.

(c) The carrier shall give the consumer a copy of the gross weight ticket either at the weighing, if the consumer is present, or otherwise at the destination.

(4) The number of the vehicle(s) onto which the shipment is loaded; and

(5) If requested by the consumer, a complete inventory of the household goods loaded on the vehicle. The carrier may charge a fee for performing such an inventory. The inventory shall be attached to the bill of lading.

(C) If a carrier has given the consumer an oral estimate, in addition to the requirements of paragraph (B) of this rule, the receipt or bill of lading must also include the following:

(1) A description of the rates and specific charges assessed for the shipment and any services provided by the carrier;

(2) Any terms and conditions specific to the consumer's shipment;

(3) The specific reimbursement language for lost or damaged goods offered by the carrier on its estimate form as required by paragraph (D)(11) of rule 4901:2-19-08 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) The following statement regarding customers' rights and responsibilities in Ohio:

"If your complaint is not resolved after you have called the carrier, you may contact the public utilities commission of Ohio (PUCO) for assistance at 1-800-686-7826 (toll free) from eight a.m. to five p.m. weekdays, or at Hearing or speech impaired customers may contact the PUCO via 7-1-1 (Ohio relay service).

"You have a minimum of sixty days from the date of the move to file a claim for any damaged or missing goods. The carrier must acknowledge receipt of your claim within fifteen days after receiving it and must respond to you within thirty days."

(D) The carrier shall attach a copy of the estimate, any addenda, and any applicable inventory and/or weight tickets to the bill of lading at the time the carrier picks up the shipment. The bill of lading and any attached documents must remain with the shipment until delivery.

(E) The driver of any vehicle being utilized for the transportation of household goods should have in his possession, when driving, a copy of the receipt or bill of lading for each shipment being transported.

(F) If the carrier provided an oral estimate to the consumer, no terms or conditions for the shipment may be included on the bill of lading and/or be considered binding upon the consumer unless such terms and conditions were disclosed to the consumer at the time the carrier gave the oral estimate.

(G) For orders for service, inventories, and bills of lading, interstate household goods carriers must comply with 49 C.F.R. 375, 501, 503, and 505 as effective on the date referenced in paragraph (E) of rule 4901:2-19-02 of the Administrative Code.

Last updated May 27, 2022 at 10:48 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4921.36, 4921.38
Amplifies: 4921.36, 4921.38
Five Year Review Date: 5/27/2027
Prior Effective Dates: 5/25/1989, 7/15/1999, 4/10/2009, 9/16/2011