ePortal Newsletter Nov. 11, 2017

November 11, 2017

In this Issue:

  • 2018 Membership Dues Announcement
  • Find Your Next Business Partner on the IAM Mobility Exchange
  • IAM Mobile 24/7: Always on, Always there
  • Make sure your Unpaid Invoice is eligible for Compensation through the RPP
  • Updated Country Guide: The Netherlands
  • Support the AFW Scholarship Fund this year on Giving Tuesday

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2018 Membership Dues Announcement
Effective Jan. 1, the IAM dues will increase by 1.5-5% (depending on category) for Core, Governing, Supplier and IAM-Young Professional (IAM-YP) members. We hope that early notification of these adjustments will assist you as you plan your fiscal year 2018 budgets.
IAM values the work you do in your field, and this change will enable us to continue to provide valuable services and programs to the industry such as the RPP and our recently enhanced online directory, IAM Mobility Exchange, which gives your company a superior platform to showcase its quality, capabilities and services.
85% of IAM's income is spent directly on member programs and services, and that it has been three years since the last dues increase. That's a number that few trade associations can match, and it represents IAM's high level of commitment to the growth and continuing success of our members.
The fee structure for 2018 will be:
  • Governing: $3,100 USD (billed in six-month increments)
  • Core: $950 USD
  • Supplier: $725 USD
  • IAM - Young Professional (YP): $115 USD

Find Your Next Business Partner on the IAM Mobility Exchange
The new IAM Membership Directory, Mobility Exchange, benefits your company in two key ways. First, you can use it to find a service provider in a country or city where you are looking for a reliable partner. You can also use Mobility Exchange to market your company as a top service provider and to establish yourself as a partner of choice in your location. Learn more about how to differentiate your company from the competition. If you have not yet claimed your company profile, do so now by searching for your company and click the "Claim My Business" orange icon to obtain the right to edit and upgrade your company's listing on the IAM Mobility Exchange.
IAM Mobile 24/7: Always on, Always there
IAM's year-round mobile app, IAM Mobile 24/7, has seen great strides since being introduced shortly before the Annual Meeting. We have added the features most used on the website and most valued from the member needs survey conducted earlier in the year, and made them available in the app Download the app now on the Google Play or iPhone/iPad App Store. Contact Carl Weaver.
Make sure your Unpaid Invoice is eligible for Compensation through the RPP
IAM Governing and Core Members may obtain Unpaid Invoice Compensation through the IAM Receivable Protection Program (RPP) if they are owed money by another Governing or Core Member who has declared bankruptcy, ceased to exist as a result of being financially insolvent, or was otherwise unable to continue operations.
Updated Country Guide: The Netherlands
You may have seen on IAM Connected that Victor Garcia recently updated the Country Guide for the Netherlands. We work hard to keep these resources up to date for you and your clients and they are among the most-visited pages on our website. If you ever see something in these guides that needs to be updated, please contact Victor Garcia and he will fix it.
Support the AFW Scholarship Fund this year on Giving Tuesday
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, we would love for you to give to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund as part of your annual giving. Contact Margaret Kerr.

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Member News

Loss in the IAM Family and an appeal for assistance
Brian Lickerman of Atlasmex Relocations this week sent us information about the loss of four of their employees in the earthquake in Mexico on Sept. 19. They are soliciting donations to help support the four spouses and 12 children left behind. This is a terrible loss and IAM encourages you to give as you are able to do so.
Arpin Van Lines announces Driver of the Year and Agent of the Year
Arpin Van Lines announced the winners of its Driver of the Year and Prime Agent of the Year awards at its annual convention held on Oct. 8-12 in Amelia Island, Florida. Michael Stinelli from Phoenix, Arizona, is Driver of the Year. He has 45 years of driving experience and over 30 years with Arpin. Stinelli has received other awards for customer service and was the Arpin Driver of the Month in December 2016. He was also Arpin Driver of the Year in 2005.
Arpin International Group transports three shipping containers of supplies to Puerto Rico
Arpin International Group has transported three 40-foot shipping containers filled with emergency supplies, food and bottled water to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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

President Donald Trump's vow to scrap or revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement was expected to put a scare into companies considering these kinds of moves. But many are sticking to plans to set up shop in Mexico even if the pact isn't renewed, according to the experts who help firms relocate and find new plants.
With just six weeks remaining before enforcement of the U.S. DOT's electronic logging device begins, 60 percent of fleets running between 1 and 100 trucks have yet to adopt ELDs, according to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are fighting to save tax-exempt bonds in the GOP tax bill that are used to finance infrastructure projects around the country. In a bipartisan letter earlier this year, more than 150 members of Congress urged House leadership to keep the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds, which are considered a critical tool for public-private partnerships and infrastructure rebuilding efforts.
The idea of automation in manufacturing and the supply chain is nothing new - since the earliest days of the industrial revolution we have sought to automate tasks with machines, and lower the cost of manufacturing processes.
Poland will build central airport for as much as 35 billion zloty ($9.6 billion) by 2027, reversing a strategy based on expanding smaller regional ports with the help of funds provided by the European Union. Under the government plan, the Warsaw Okecie airport would eventually be shut. No potential dates for the closing were given.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation's busiest container port complex - which is on pace for the busiest year ever.
Drewry said that the World Container Index, which is a composite of container freight rates on 8 major routes to/from the US, Europe and Asia, has showed an increase and provided a two-year spot freight rate trend for the index. According to maritime research consultants, the index is up by 25.6% to $1517.1/40ft container.
Due to the volatile nature of Nigeria waterways, foreign shipping companies spend over N13.76 billion ($45 million) annually to escort their vessels from one point to another on Nigeria's waterways, LEADERSHIP has learnt. About four major international shipping companies operate in the country including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Grimaldi and CMA/CGM in addition to smaller foreign and local shipping companies operating on the waterways.
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the loss of dozens of containers from a British containership off Japan. The MAIB says 42 containers were lost overboard from the UK-flagged MV Ever Smart approximately 700nm east of Japan on Oct. 30.