Comment period on FMCSA household goods rule extended

| 8/1/2003

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended until Aug. 25, 2003, the time by which moving companies can request changes to the agency's interim final rule regulating household goods movers.

The extension was granted at the request of the American Moving and Storage Association. The AMSA is a non-profit trade association established in 1936. Its company members include 3,200 movers operating in interstate commerce. In addition, these companies may provide intrastate and local moving services as well as storage in a secure warehouse.

"(FMCSA) has concurred in your request because of the size and complexity of the household goods moving industry," Annette Sandberg, acting FMCSA administrator, said in a letter to AMSA President Joseph Harrison.

Sandberg also noted the moving industry "is in the midst of the industry's busy summer season," and the association's "need to complete the collection and analysis of your members' input for submission to your (board of directors) to prepare a meaningful petition for reconsideration."