ePortal Newsletter February 4, 2017

February 04, 2017

In this Issue:

  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President's Commentary and Update
  • Pay your dues now and keep access to the benefits of the Receivable Protection Program.
  • Submit your stories now for The Portal; Theme is Eastern Europe: A Regional Focus
  • Have a dispute with another company or client? The FMC may be able to help.
  • Help Move for Hunger win $20k for their important work

U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President's Commentary and Update
After last week's Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the U.S. 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.
Pay your dues now and keep access to the benefits of the Receivable Protection Program.
As you know, the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) provides several benefits. First, through RPP Unpaid Invoice Compensation, your company can recover money owed to it by another IAM Member if that company goes out of business. Under this benefit, IAM is close to paying out close to $180,000 USD on qualified claims submitted during the 2016 fiscal year.

Submit your stories now for The Portal; Theme is Eastern Europe: A Regional Focus
For the first time, the March/April issue of The Portal will focus on IAM member companies in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia, where the moving industry is relatively young compared to other parts of the world. We encourage companies doing business in that region to provide insights into that unique part of the world and share them with our readers.

Have a dispute with another company or client? The FMC may be able to help.
If you have a dispute on a shipment which either originated or has a final destination in the United States, you may not need a lawyer to resolve the issue. Before engaging in costly litigation, you should know that the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) may be able to assist.
 
Help Move for Hunger win $20k for their important work
Move for Hunger is one of 25 non-profits from across the country that have been chosen from nearly 500 nominations to compete for $100,000 in funding as part of The Renewal Awards, a project brought to you by The Atlantic and Allstate. Note - Move for Hunger is about halfway down the list of groups on the voting page. 

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Industry News

A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK's exit from the European Economic Area. But the judges refused to give the green light for the challenge, saying the judicial review was "premature". The latest legal challenge was brought by supporters of a so-called "soft Brexit" - which would see the UK remain a member of the EU's internal market.

Aramex PJSC, the Dubai-based courier and logistics company, is considering minimizing its operations in the U.K. and serving Europe through the Netherlands or France if Brexit agreements do not favor free trade flows.

The U.S. government said it was taking steps to restore order to the global air transport industry after a weekend of chaos following President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Permanent U.S. residents from nations covered by Trump's order should no longer be detained at American airports and no one covered by the ban should be getting on planes overseas, the Department of Homeland Security said.
Amazon has been in the maritime forwarding business since October 2016, according to an "Ocean Audit" report cited by the Wall Street Journal. While Amazon has not commented, this latest news fleshes out the e-commerce giant's multimodal logistics strategy, which includes freight forwarding and direct involvement in trucking, airfreight and, now, seafreight.
There has been an increase in hacking attacks on ports by criminals such as drug traffickers, a conference in Dublin has heard.
A drone has made Ireland's first Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)-approved parcel delivery, ferrying emergency supplies 200 metres to a boat at sea. The Dublin flight, lasting two minutes from take-off to parcel drop, was performed by Pony Express Couriers, using a DJI Inspire 1 drone laden with a parcel weighing 250 grams.
Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rebounded last month as buyers adjusted to the recent jump in mortgage rates, according to figures released Jan. 30 from the National Association of Realtors in Washington.
The inauguration of President Trump leaves many areas of US policy in some doubt, none more so than in the area of Foreign Trade, as has been evidenced by the recent scrapping of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The President's unpredictability also leaves many unanswered questions such as where he stands on relations with Cuba.

Member News

Lisa Beranich Elected as President of the Greater Washington ERC
Stevens International's Managing Director, Lisa Beranich, was recently named President-elect of the Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council (GWERC). Lisa will serve as President-elect for the term of one year, then her title will shift to President in 2018.
The position of President-elect comes with voting responsibilities and the duty of sitting on the Board of GWERC, which meets quarterly. The Board governs over the member body of GWERC which is comprised of Federal Civilian agencies, corporations and service providers. GWERC is unique among the other chapters of ERC due to its location in Washington DC and the subsequent government membership.

Arpin Group undergoes cybersecurity test to bolster defenses against would-be hackers
Arpin Group this month has completed a cybersecurity penetration test, administered by an independent firm, to evaluate the company's defenses against hackers. Arpin Group hired Digital Boundary Group, a firm that specializes in making companies hacker-proof. DBG/Nutanix spends several days in secret, probing Arpin Group's digital defenses, deploying the same methods that a criminal might use to discover and exploit the company's potential vulnerabilities.