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Damage
When a piece of property arrives at the destination in a condition different from pick-up.
Data Sheet
See Fly Sheet.
Date of Entry
The date on which proper documentation is presented by the consignee to the U.S. Customs Service for release of cargo.
Date of Importation
The date on which cargo is available to the consignee for the purposes of filing entry for release with the U.S. Customs Service.
Date of Origination
The beginning date of a loan process.
DC (Abbr)
Prefix for Canadian booking or registration.
DD 1840/1840R
A Department of Defense form used on military moves to advise Atlas of any loss or damage. It is completed jointly at the time of delivery.
DD 619
A Department of Defense form prepared to support packing and accessorial services. It must be signed by the customer or the traffic management officer.
Declared Value Protection
A valuation option that allows the customer to declare a specific amount of value on a shipment, using $1.25 per pound minimum or lump sum value, for an additional charge. This coverage protects goods at today's market price less depreciation.
Decreasing Returns, Law of
When property improvements no longer bring a coinciding increase in property value.
Deed
A document that transfers the title of a property from the seller to the buyer upon sale of the property.
Deed in Trust
The transfer of a title to a third-party, who holds the title until the mortgage is paid. Upon payment, the title is transferred to the borrower. If no payment, the third-party may sell the property to pay the debt. Also called Trust Deed.
Deed of Release
The release of a parcel of land from the lien of a mortgage covering several parcels resulting from payment and satisfaction of the mortgage. Also called Release of Lien.
Deed Restrictions
Statements listed in a deed that limit and control the use of a property. These restrictions may involve the actual use of the property or the types of structures allowed on it.
Default
The failure to meet the terms of a contract.
Defect of Record
A burden on a title listed in public record. Defects can be easements, judgments and mortgages.
Deficiency
The difference between the mortgage meant to be paid and the amount at foreclosure.
Delay Claim
A claim filed for expenses incurred as a result of a late pick-up or delivery, usually for motel and meal expenses.
Delinquent Payment
A past-due payment of a financial obligation.
Delivery Date (DD or DEL)
The actual date on which the goods were released to the customer or consignee.
Delivery Order
Permission issued by the consignee to the ocean/air carrier for release of cargo to an inland carrier. It should include all data necessary for identification of the cargo.
Delivery Report
The customer signs this report to verify delivery of goods. A part of the additional services performed at origin/destination and delivery report.
Delivery Spread
See Spread Date.
Demurrage
A charge to the customer for keeping a container, trailer or railcar beyond a specific length of time. Demurrage is mostly used relative to railroads, as opposed to detention, which is more commonly utilized relative to the trucking industry. See Detention and Free-Time.
Density
The ratio of an item's weight to its volume.
Department of Defense (DOD)
The traffic manager for all military moves, and the largest customer in the household goods industry.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
A federal agency responsible for the implementation and administration of government housing and urban development programs.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
The government agency that regulates the transportation industry.
Deposit
Money paid by the buyer to the seller that secures the contract and protects the seller from breach of contract. This often is called a security deposit with regards to landlords and tenants. See Earnest Money.
Depreciated Cost
The reproduction or replacement cost of a building, less depreciation to the time of appraisal.
Depreciation
A decrease in value of a property. See Appreciation.
Depreciation Guide
A guide showing the average life span of an item and its estimated depreciation each year.
Destination (DEST)
The final point of delivery of the goods as specified by the customer.
Destination Agent (DA)
The destination contact for the customer. This also is the agent who, if shipment is going into storage, is the authorized receiving agent.
Destination Service
Services performed upon arrival of shipment at destination.
Detention
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Diminished Utility
See Accrued Depreciation.
Directed Offer
A company's offer through a third-party relocation firm to purchase an employee's home. The offer may or may not reflect the home's fair market value. It often is more than the selling price of the home and is used to encourage an employee to transfer.
Direct Reduction Loan
The principal of this mortgage decreases through monthly payments that, in turn, increase to pay taxes, interest and insurance when due.
Direct Sales Comparison Approach
Estimating the value of a property through a comparison of recent sale prices of similar properties, after an adjustment of time, financing, seller concessions and differences in the properties. This appraisal approach is mostly used by real estate brokers. Also called Competitive Market Analysis or Market Data Approach.
Disassembled by Owner (DBO)
Items are disassembled by owner rather than by Atlas. Atlas is not responsible for the reassembly of these items.
Disclosure Note
A report required to be given to consumers by creditors under the Truth-in-Lending Law. Also called Disclosure Statement.
Disclosure Statement
See Disclosure Note.
Discount Fee/Points
A fee to raise the yield on a lower-than-market interest Veterans Administration loan or Federal Housing Administration loan to make it competitive with a conventional loan. See Point.
Dispatch (DISP)
Coordinates the movement of shipments from origin to destination.
Dispatcher
Assumes the task of communicating the route of a shipment to van operators and agents, making sure that instructions are carried out accordingly.
Disposable Income
See Spendable Income.
Disposition of Present Home
The activities and expenses experienced in making the necessary arrangements to sell a house or to break a lease agreement.
Dispute Settlement Program
See Household Goods Dispute Settlement Program.
Diversion
A change in the destination of a shipment while it is en route and prior to arrival at the original destination on the bill of lading.
Dock
An elevated section of a building that is level with a van for ease of loading and unloading.
Dock Receipt
Receipt issued by an ocean carrier or its agent for merchandise delivered at a dock or warehouse awaiting shipment.
Documentary Tax Stamp
A tax in the form of a stamp that is placed on a deed when a title is passed. Also called Transfer Tax or Revenue Stamp.
Document Fee
A charge for preparation of legal documents such as a mortgage or deed.
Dolly
A small platform on rollers or wheels used to handle freight.
Domestic Shipment
A shipment moving within the continental U.S.
Door-to-Door Service
The service from origin residence to destination residence, exclusive of any storage in transit, customs duties, taxes, warehouse handling, etc.
Door-to-Port Service
The service from origin residence to free arrival of the vessel/aircraft at the destination city, exclusive of any storage in transit, customs duties, taxes, warehouse handling, any charges incurred once the vessel/aircraft has arrived, etc.
Double Contracting
A strategy used to get a higher loan whereby the buyer and seller have a second contract between them at a lesser amount than the original contract. This usually occurs if the buyer does not have enough money for a proper down payment.
Double Maintenance Allowance
See Duplicate Housing Protection.
Down Payment
An amount paid toward the purchase of property.
Drayage
Moving freight within a city.
Drayman
The person who performs drayage. Also called Cartman.
Driver (DR)
See Owner-Operator.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
A federal agency empowered to investigate and control entry into the U.S. and the use of illegal drugs and substances within the U.S., often in cooperation with foreign governments. The U.S. Customs Service is mandated to assist the DEA in the policing of cargo entering the U.S. that might warrant the scrutiny of the DEA.
DT (Abbr)
Date.
Due-on-Sale Clause
See Acceleration Clause.
Dunnage
Material other than packaging used to prevent damage to freight or to support it in shipment.
Duplex
A single structure designed to accommodate two families.
Duplicate Carrying Charges
The costs a buyer incurs after purchasing a new home before the present home is sold.
Duplicate Housing Protection
Protection against excess housing costs an expatriate may experience while completing a foreign assignment if the U.S. residency is not rented or occupied. Also called Home Country Housing Protection or Property Management Assistance.
Duty
A tax imposed on the importation or exportation of goods by the federal, state or local government.
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