The load date is the calendar date the shipment is loaded onto the over-the-road hauling truck, not necessarily when it is loaded from your residence. This date is the start of the official shipment lifespan; typically, 180 days. In most cases, the load date from the residence and the load date onto the truck are the same. However, there are cases when the shipment may be picked up locally as an hourly move and placed into storage at the origin warehouse before it is moved long distance. In these scenarios, the interstate move begins when it is loaded onto the road truck, not when it went into storage. The load date is also significant when determining if a shipment is late and qualifies for a delay claim.