The basic definition of a Household Goods Carrier or HGC is a company that is licensed by their local/state government and the US Department of Transportation to transport household goods, furniture and other properties involved in moving.
Many people and companies call themselves movers or offer moving services. The consumer needs to understand why its important to hire a licensed HGC.
- While most truckers and trucking companies are required to have a USDOT number, a Household Goods Carrier is required to have an additional and higher level of licensing.
- Anyone can sign up on a website for a USDOT number. Many organizations that license HGC on the state or local level checks criminal backgrounds, verifies insurance and tracks the rates (also called tarrifs) to make sure people are being charged correctly and not scammed.
- To be a legal Household Goods Carrier a company has to be licensed by both their home state AND the USDOT. This means that the consumer has 2 organizations protecting their interests.
- Being a legal HGC means you carry insurance that is not available to those that are not properly licensed or may be operating illegally. An insurance company can use a trucker or company operating illegally as a reason not to pay out on a claim.
- To be a legal Household Goods Carrier your truck and equipment must be inspected yearly which protects the belongs of the families you are moving.