IAM Membership: Moving Forward, Together
The International Association of Movers represents more than 2,000 companies in over 170 countries. More than movers, these companies are partners and innovators in the delivery of moving, forwarding, shipping, logistics and related services. IAM affiliation increasingly signifies strength, trust, diversity, ethics, reliability and accountability.
Indian Airports has plans for domestic cargo network
Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to enter the domestic cargo market by using redundant passenger terminals at regional airports. It says that, with the opening-up of the Indian economy, there has been “tremendous growth” in air cargo at airports throughout the country and that there is scope for considerable further growth if basic cargo facilities are created at second tier cities in India which can feed larger gateways on a hub and spoke basis.
Container shipping lines need to steer for calmer waters to quell trade imbalance
The container industry’s financial struggles are set to continue as it contends with supply and demand imbalances “for years to come”, according to the 2015 Container Shipping Outlook report by management consultant AlixPartners. The US-headquartered firm reviewed the 2014 financial results of 15 publicly-traded carriers and noted that the rate of decline of the container shipping industry moderated last year after it had “grappled with financial distress for much of the past decade”. But it added that “these results were not sustainable”, as carriers hit a wall in their struggle to cut costs faster than freight rates fell.
Driver wage hikes could raise truckload pricing 12-18 percent
Hefty increases in truck driver wages will propel truckload rates higher in 2015 and beyond, potentially pushing pricing up by double digits, a transportation analyst warns. Truckload rates may need to rise as much as 12 to 18 percent to pay for higher driver wages. The reason? Truckload carriers will need to raise driver pay substantially to attract the type of qualified candidates needed to haul freight. On top of that, a host of new driver-related regulations will make hiring truck drivers harder, and more expensive.
Cargo is moving? Not so fast.
The Port of Oakland was recently quoted on JOC.com as saying, “Cargo is moving and the backlog is shrinking.” Such a statement doesn’t tell the complete story and causes a great deal of confusion and resentment on the part of cargo owners. Importers and exporters are hearing from their motor carriers that the backlog is growing, but the port declares it is shrinking. How can a cargo interest reconcile these two opposing points of view? Who do they believe? Or, maybe we are not talking apples to apples? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
FAA Grants Amazon Experimental Permit for Drone Test Flights
Amazon.com got a boost from U.S. regulators who granted the company permission to conduct test flights in its effort to expand research into the viability of delivery drones. Amazon wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration in December threatening to divert its research program to other countries if the agency didn’t act quickly to approve outdoor test flights of the unmanned aircraft.
The Portal's Jan/Feb Issue: IAM's Portal to Asia
PORTAL FOCUS: IAM’S PORTAL TO ASIA
- Unlocking the Mysteries of Asian Markets / Rob Faraone
- Common Myths: Importing Household Goods into China / Eva Huang
- A Bright Outlook for Thailand / Tiddy S. Teerawit
- India: Another Key Market for Household Goods / Varaang Ghai
- Southeast Asia: What’s in It for You? / Patrick White
- Preparing the Way in Southeast Asia / Aakanksha Bhargava
IAM Young Professionals (IAM-YP)
Portal to Asia
- Working Smart to Resolve Communications Conundrums / Rob Faraone
Business & Economic News
- The U.S. Military’s “Pivot to the Pacific” / Charles L. White
IAM Hall of Honor: Call for Nominations
Washington Update / Jim Wise, PACE, LLP Government Relations
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