Legislative & Agency Updates

  • IAM Testifies Before Federal Maritime Commission on Detention and Demurrage Petition

    Jan 18, 2018 — This week, IAM joined nearly a dozen other shipper-based companies, and provided testimony to the Federal Maritime Commission in support of the Detention and Demurrage Petition, currently under consideration. IAM's involvement with the petition filers, The Coalition for Fair Port Practices (CFPP), goes back nearly two years, when informal discussions began among shippers and other impacted by detention and demurrage fees. The Commission asked that a petition be submitted so they could formally consider detention and demurrage practices.
  • FMC Urged to Set Guidelines for Detention, Demurrage Charges

    Jan 17, 2018 — Cargo owners and trucking companies urged the Federal Maritime Commission to set guidelines on detention and demurrage charges when unforeseen circumstances take place, such as a weather emergency or labor slowdown.
  • CAGTC member Policinski asks Congress to increase freight infrastructure funding

    Dec 21, 2017 — Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) CEO Mark Policinski called on Congress to implement a strategic campaign of investment in our nation’s freight infrastructure. Noting that the current world economy demands that nations elevate their infrastructure to compete on the global stage, Mr. Policinski asked Congress to not only provide oversight for existing investment programs, but to also increase direct federal investment in our freight network.
  • FMC Moves Forward with Regulatory Reforms

    Nov 20, 2017 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts when it voted last week to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
  • Lawmakers Again Push for More Flexibility with Military Moves

    May 19, 2017 — Lawmakers will try again to give more military families flexibility in their permanent change-of-station moves with a pair of bills introduced Thursday. The Military Family Stability Act, sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans in the House and Senate, would allow families who receive move orders to either leave up to six months before their servicemember’s assigned date to set up their new home or remain behind six months to ease the transition.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

    Feb 2, 2017 — After last week’s Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the US national news and overseas. Surprisingly, as of today, IAM has not received a single inquiry or question relative to the matter from one of our members. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions; and the closer the Association gets to launching the registration process for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo there undoubtedly will be questions and concerns raised that need to be addressed.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.