ePortal Newsletter April 1, 2017

April 01, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Graebel Van Lines LLC Ceases Operations
  • British Association of Removers (BAR) Wins major concessions from UK Customs
  • Upcoming Webinar on the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) - Mark Your Calendars
  • Receive SDDC Personal Property Updates by email
  • Welcome Nicola Collett to IAM!
  • IAM Members - you may need to be registered or licensed with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
  • One Month Left to Apply to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund
  • Registration for the Young Movers Conference Ends April 12

Graebel Van Lines LLC Ceases Operations
Graebel Van Lines, LLC and its affiliates ceased operations effective March 22, 2017. If your company is owed money by Graebel Van Lines, LLC, IAM strongly encourages you to complete Receivable Protection Program claim form to see if your company is eligible for Unpaid Invoice Compensation through the RPP.

British Association of Removers (BAR) Wins major concessions from UK Customs
A team from BAR has been negotiating with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with regards the mandatory Transfer of Residence (TOR01) online application process. Following the face to face meeting with HMRC at the end of January 2017, the team from BAR have been trading correspondences with HMRC over the last eight weeks and this dialogue has finally led to a significant number of changes made to the TOR01 application form and process.

Upcoming Webinar on the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) - Mark Your Calendars
Do you have questions about the RPP but just don't have the time to sit down and read through the Operating Rules and Regulations? Do you want to learn more about the effectiveness of this important IAM member benefit and how it works? Join us for a comprehensive look at the RPP and how it serves you on April 27 at 10 am EDT. IAM Programs Director Brian Limperopulos will be joined by special guest John Payne, General Manager of The Eurogroup International Movers, who have generously offered to sponsor this webinar after benefitting from the RPP in 2016. Complete the registration to confirm your participation for this Webinar.

Receive SDDC Personal Property Updates by email
IAM has offered industry news updates by email for about three years. Now you can receive personal property updates from the U.S. Army's Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in your email. Sign up at IAM's website now. Contact Carl Weaver.

Welcome Nicola Collett to IAM!
We are proud to announce that Nicola Collett has just accepted an offer to become IAM's new Membership Services Coordinator. Nicola's life has been a juxtaposition of the local and the international. Raised in Upstate New York, she has had a life in both the local and the international worlds. From living in Lincolnshire, England, to traveling Europe for three months after college, Nicola has had a colorful life. She moved to Virginia to pursue graduate studies in Shakespeare and Performance and moved to the DC area after her MFA. Outside of work, she volunteers at a cat shelter, sings in a choir, and appears in a variety of theatrical productions.

IAM Members - you may need to be registered or licensed with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
Whether your company is located in the U.S. or not, learn about how the FMC's regulations affect your company and how it can comply.
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One Month Left to Apply to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund
Are you or someone you know pursuing a degree in transportation and logistics or a related field? Apply today for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. For a complete list of requirements and eligibility visit AFWSF page on the IAM website. Contact Margaret Kerr.

Registration for the Young Movers Conference Ends April 12
Less than two weeks remain to register for the Young Movers Conference. IAM is proud to be a Gold sponsor of this year's YMC held in Riga, Latvia. Interested in attending? Learn more and register for the conference on the Young Movers Conference website. 

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Industry News

A federal judge in Hawaii yesterday extended an order blocking the federal government from implementing a revised travel ban. The revised order, which was due to take effect on March 16, would have banned travelers from six mostly-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.

Truck drivers are on the fence about new appointment systems meant to eliminate congestion outside terminal gates that are popping up in ports from Long Beach, Calif., to Newark, N.J. That's because they remember early appointment systems intended to allow drivers to pick up and drop off shipping containers that fell short of their intended outcome. Some were designed without input from the truckers that used them. However, new appointment systems are taking different measures to be more effective, combining advances in technology and better collaboration among stakeholders.
Electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration of the market tailed off slightly in February, according to the latest IATA monthly report. The figure for the month was 0.3% down on January, according to the association's latest figures.
The Competition Commission of Singapore has cleared the proposed joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
In 2015, losses due to cargo theft hit $22.6 billion, according to BSI Group's Global Supply Chain Intelligence report. And, in November 2016 alone, the Transportation Asset Protection Association recorded 231 freight thefts in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. The average loss topped 60,000 euros, or about $64,000. Cargo insurance, which covers products in transit, can protect against these risks.
Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into service each year over the next decade, with a target fleet size of 50 aircraft by 2025.
According to a Republic of the Marshall Islands' marine safety advisory, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reported to its members that invoices have been received from the Provincial Government of Zambales, Philippines, seeking payment of a "Provincial Coastwatch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee" from managed vessels passing through the territorial waters of the Province of Zambales.
Ivory Coast rescinded an order on Sunday to increase security at its two main ports after determining that an earlier reported threat of terrorism was unfounded, according to a document seen by Reuters. The first transport ministry memorandum had ordered security under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code to be increased to level two due to "probable terrorist attacks" on Ivory Coast's national territory. "After compiling the information ... it emerged that the threat is not real," the head of maritime security Colonel Bertin Koffi Tano wrote in a second order.
Japanese container shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the MOL Triumph, the new 'world's biggest containership' and the first 'megaship' to pass the 20,000 TEU threshold.

Member News

Santa Fe Group further invests in China with full acquisition of Sino Santa Fe
We are excited to announce that the Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China. Santa Fe China will change from a 50/50 joint venture company to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Santa Fe Group. This agreement for full ownership is part of our 2020 Strategy to be the pre-eminent leader in our industry and it reinforces our long-standing commitment to China.

Richard Travisono Elected Vice Chairman of AMSA Safety Committee
Richard Travisono, Arpin Van Lines director of safety, has been elected vice chairman of the American Moving and Storage Association's (AMSA) safety management committee. As vice chairman, Travisono will assist the chairman and committee with policy planning and programing, as well as organize the safety committee events and meetings. He is elected to serve a two-year term as vice chairman and will automatically assume the role of chairman for an additional two years.