During your move, you will be given a date or spread of dates when you will be expected to be able to accept delivery of your items. But what if you cannot or do not want to accept delivery during those dates? What if you want to take this move as an opportunity to travel the country and see the Grand Canyon or world’s largest ball of twine?
In this case, you may want to take advantage of storage-in-transit (SIT). Storage-in-transit is a storage option offered either at origin or destination where a local Bekins agent would accept your goods into their warehouse.
It is important to recognize the distinction between SIT and “local” storage. Local storage, in this case, is anything that is not SIT—i.e., storage into a third party’s storage unit, your own personal storage unit, or competing agent’s warehouse. SIT is distinct in that it is held under the liability of the interstate mover responsible for transporting your goods—i.e., Bekins.
SIT tends to simplify the moving process quite a bit by limiting the rates and liability to the terms laid out in your bill of lading rather than requiring a separate contract drawn up by the third-party storage unit. As an extension to this—and as the name “storage-in-transit” suggests—your move is not considered complete until your things have been in SIT for 180 days or delivered out of SIT to the destination of your choosing.
What happens after 180 days? No, your things are not auctioned off as in A&E’s Storage Wars. Your goods will simply be converted from SIT to “local” storage under the warehouse’s terms and your interstate move will be considered complete.
For more information detailed information, you may view the text from your “Rights and Responsibilities” booklet here.