ePortal Newsletter Nov. 21, 2017

November 21, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Membership Renewals to be Sent Soon
  • In Memoriam: Alan F. Wohlstetter
  • Annual Meeting Retrospective Video
  • IAM Brings Advertising in House
  • Photos from the Annual Meeting in Long Beach
  • IAM Connected
  • Member News
  • Industry News

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Membership Renewals to be Sent Soon
IAM membership renewal notices will be sent in the next couple weeks. We urge everyone to pay on time so memberships do not lapse, which would result in loss of IAM benefits such as RPP, important communications, and ability to attend the Annual Meeting. Want to pay early? We can help you do that too. Please refer to the dues realignment announced recently. Contact IAM's Membership Team.
 
In Memoriam: Alan F. Wohlstetter
The end of an era: With deep sadness, the International Association of Movers (IAM) advises of the passing of Alan F. Wohlstetter on November 15, 2017.
Mr. Wohlstetter was engaged by the Association's (HHGFAA) founding members back in 1962 to serve as the organization's General Counsel, and has been the only individual to serve in that role for the past 56 years.

Annual Meeting Retrospective Video
Our video retrospective of the 2017 Annual Meeting is available on IAM's YouTube channel! Experience the sights and sounds of the Annual Meeting at its best and relive your memories - or, for those who stayed home, get a feel for what the Annual Meeting is all about. If you want to know more, read all about the Annual Meeting in the November/December issue of The Portal magazine.
 
IAM Brings Advertising in House
IAM's Steve Cox has already contacted advertisers in The Portal about renewing for the new year and will be taking orders for new advertisers as well. In addition, Carl Weaver and Will Kohudic will be starting ad sales soon for IAM's online media outlets. This newsletter goes to about 5000 people. Want them to see your ad? Contact Carl or Will today before someone else claims the spot you want.
 
Photos from the Annual Meeting in Long Beach
Relive your experiences at IAM's 56th Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California, through an overview and scores of great photos, some of which will appear in the November/December 2017 issue of The Portal. Meanwhile, get a preview by vi
siting the galleries, where photos are also available for purchase:

Recent Posts on IAM Connected

Member News

Arpin International Group Promotes Michael Johnsen to Vice President, Asia Pacific Region
Michael Johnsen has been promoted to vice president, Asia Pacific Region, of Arpin International Group's corporate division. In his new role, Johnsen will oversee corporate business development, growth strategies and planning for Arpin's Asian offices in China, Singapore and Hong Kong - as well as for the APAC region. He will also continue to be responsible for the overall performance of Arpin China, working closely with the outstanding Arpin China team to deliver world-class Arpin services to multi-national corporations and their transferees.

Send your company news to Carl Weaver for inclusion in the ePortal Newsletter. 

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will have TIACA working with the 40 members of AFRAA to support air cargo development in Africa.
 
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.
 
Is Tesla Inc.'s Semi on the verge of doing to the trucking industry what the iPhone did to telecommunications? Probably not -- but the decarbonization of road freight may still upend both the logistics business and the oil industry.
 
Carriers who are hit with citations for non-compliance with FMCSA's electronic logging device mandate will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not be put out of service during that period.
 
At Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is facilitating a small-scale domestic sealift to bring utility trucks, front end loaders, portable living quarters and other much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico. The ro/ro USNS Brittin will make six voyages to and from the island over the course of the next several weeks.
 
One of the most in-demand and stable jobs in Ohio could face major changes as the industry develops new automated, driverless technology. The technology is coming, according to researchers and trucking industry experts. But they also debate whether or not drivers could lose jobs or how their role behind the wheel might change.
 
Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won't completely replacing traditional drivers, the company said. In a post on Medium on Nov. 14, Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, the company's self-driving car wing based in Pittsburgh, laid out its vision for the future of long-haul trucking.
 
The port of Quy Nhon, in Vietnam, is congested at the time, because of a storm that occurred in the area, resulting in multiple vessels to sink, thus blocking ship traffic, sources report. The storm hit the port on November 4, making the port authority to issue a temporary block of the channel and reduce ship traffic to vessels with draft up to 5.5m.