Professional Cooperation Guidelines (PCGs)

FIDI has launched a set of operating guidelines covering the entire move process, the ‘FIDI Professional Cooperation Guidelines’ (PCGs). They were unanimously approved by FIDI’s regional and national Trade Associations in October 2016.

The PCGs were created by a team of industry experts drawn from all geographical regions and various company sizes and types. The experts carefully examined regional specificities and areas of concern in the definition of service expectations workable worldwide. Furthermore, the relevance of the PCGs is guaranteed through an annual review process. Complimentary to the FAIM Quality Standard, the PCGs provide answers to specific industry grey areas through a unified set of guidelines, consequently leading to a common understanding within the industry.

The PCGs were adopted by the International Assocation of Movers (IAM) in June 2018. As such, it is recognised as an industry norm across all IAM members.

NB. Not all companies displaying the PCGs logo are FIDI Affiliates. The use of the logo ONLY indicates that they abide by the PCGs. 

The full PCGs document is available for download only for FIDI Affiliates here. Non-Affiliates may contact Marie-Pascale Frix for more information at Marie-Pascale.Frix@fidi.org.

The PCGs cover among others the following topics:

1. Pre-Move Survey

The standard requirements in a pre-move survey, outlining the movers expectations in terms of:
• Response to a request for a pre-move visit,
• Submission of the pre-move survey results and the related service quotation/rate to the Booker, and
• Acceptance of a pre-move survey result and quotation.

For example, the Origin Agent’s surveyor must have both English and local language skills, be capable of providing an accurate survey and able to counsel the customer on specific matters, including move allowances, restrictions, and prohibited items which should not be included in an international move.

2. Origin services

The process and expectation between the movers, including:

• What is meant by standard origin service.
• What are the normal exclusions.
• What is the relevant protocol in case of a cargo overflow or freight transport service, a container no show or not fit for purpose.
• What is the process when facing a shipment under allowance?

For example, the Origin Agent must provide experienced personnel resources (i.e., removal crew) for packing and handling of the move that is sufficient for completion of work within the
agreed timetable.

3. Destination services

What is expected from the Destination Agent when submitting the service rate, request or quotation.

What are the standard destination service elements as well as the normal exclusions/limitations.

Defined protocol when requested to take on board additional responsibilities (e.g. ‘Collect before delivery’).

For example, identify import customs clearance formalities, if applicable and state if included (or excluded) from the rate offer.

4. Storage

The roles and responsibilities of the Booker, Origin, Destination and Warehousing Agents when the goods go into storage.

What movers should do in case of disagreement regarding storage charges (‘storage charges in arrears and lien’).

For example, it is the Warehousing Agent’s responsibility to keep the goods safe in their warehouse which must be dry, secure, adequately equipped and professionally managed in accordance with the FAIM Quality Standard.

5. Mould, contamination, infestation

The roles of each mover whenever facing a mould and/or mildew contamination, with the objective of further reducing the risks to the shipment/goods.

Precautionary steps that the mover should take under such circumstances.

6. Accessorial services

Supplemental or special service provided in addition to the standard contracted service.

7. Supply of removal staff (equipment) as help for (un)loading and (un)packing

What is to be understood under these specific terms and the role of the movers involved.

For example, the mover must provide uniformed and applicably experienced and/or licensed operative staff.

8. Invoicing and payment terms

The expectations in terms of invoicing, payment terms and potential cancellation or postponement charges.

The requirements in terms of communication and documentation.

9. Claims handling and settlement;
Loss or damage prevention and action

The process of responding to a customer claim or complaint regarding damaged goods or property damages/public or contractual liability.

Provision of loss or damage prevention actions at origin and destination.