Consumers should never sign blank documents. However, in some cases it is acceptable to sign incomplete documents.
Since the final charges for the moving services cannot be determined until after goods have been loaded and weighted (When based upon weight) some of the documents a customer/shipper is required to sign at the time of pick-up will be incomplete and not contain the final charges.
Signing a Bill of Lading at time of pickup that is incomplete and does not contain the final charges is not illegal or unusual since the final charges are not known at the time of pick-up.
However, the estimate or revised written estimate must NEVER be signed blank or incomplete. At the time the estimate or revised written estimate is signed it MUST contain an itemization of all services and the total estimated charges. A customer/shipper should NEVER sign an estimate or revised written estimate that does not list the total estimated charges. See 49 CFR Section 375.501(d).
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