ePortal Newsletter Sep. 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

In this Issue:

  • IAM's Mobility Exchange: One Exchange - Infinite Connections
  • Important Webinar: Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!
  • Updated Schedule for IAM Annual Meeting & Expo available
  • IAM Mobile 24/7 App Launched
  • Use hashtag #iamovers and have your posts appear in IAM Mobile 24/7
  • IAM Here 2 Help: Hurricane Harvey and Irma
  • New ILN Member Benefit

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IAM's Mobility Exchange: One Exchange - Infinite Connections
Attendees at this year's Annual Meeting will have a unique opportunity to preview the newest IAM tool and benefit to enhance the value of your IAM Membership: IAM's Mobility Exchange. Much more than a directory, Mobility Exchange is a single, comprehensive database of mobility industry service partners. Beyond the ability to search and filter to locate the best possible match for your requirements, Mobility Exchange offers our members the ability to present their hard-earned capabilities and quality credentials in new ways that will differentiate themselves positively in their market.
 
IAM's Mobility Exchange will have a desk in IAM World in this year's Expo Hall. There, you will be able to see a preview of the capabilities and potential of the Mobility Exchange tool and ask questions directly to its designers and developers.
 
You will also not want to miss the related Knowledge Lab: One Exchange - Infinite Connections on Wednesday, October 11, from 9:00am-11:00am. At this session, attendees will learn more about Mobility Exchange and how their companies can get the most from this powerful new tool.

Important Webinar: Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!
Join IAM on September 27 at 11 am EDT to learn more about the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and how they regulate the global moving and mobility industry. If your company quotes door to door shipments either to or from the U.S., this is a must-attend session to ensure that it is not targeted for non-compliance by the FMC.   In addition, the FMC will discuss what dispute resolution services are available for IAM Members who have issues with customers or other service providers in the maritime supply chain.
 
Updated Schedule for IAM Annual Meeting & Expo available
IAM has published an updated schedule of events for the Annual Meeting. This version has the locations of all events, as well as some descriptions to highlight a few meetings of particular interest and importance. Plan your conference experience now, and keep up to date with possible last-minute adjustments with the IAM Mobile 24/7 App.
 
IAM Mobile 24/7 App Launched
IAM has launched a new version of its mobile app. IAM Mobile 24/7 is a year-round app with all the critical information users need to stay connected with IAM's most popular information offerings. If you had already downloaded the IAM Events app, you do not need to download anything new. It should be updated through your mobile device's store and you will automatically have the newest version. Don't have it yet? Get it on the Google Play or iPhone/iPad App Store. Contact Carl Weaver.
 
Use hashtag #iamovers and have your posts appear in IAM Mobile 24/7
When you tweet or post photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #iamovers, your post will be picked up in the IAM Mobile 24/7 app. This is like show and tell for your conference preparations and then at the meeting. Let your colleagues know what you are doing to prepare for the meeting and what you are doing while there.
 
IAM Here 2 Help: Hurricane Harvey and Irma
In light of the recent devastation to Houston by Hurricane Harvey and the effects of Hurricane Irma, you may be wondering how I can help? IAM is an official partner of the American Logistics and Aid Network (ALAN), which is currently coordinating disaster relief with FEMA and various private sector partners in the affected areas. As you may be aware, ALAN is comprised of hundreds of supply-chain businesses that stand poised to respond in the event of disasters. They are experts in transportation, warehousing, cold storage, and distribution, and can help locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently.
 
New ILN Member Benefit
IAM will be launching its new member directory, IAM Mobility Exchange, just before the IAM Annual Meeting next month. For ILN members, Mobility Exchange will replace the ILN Online Directory and expose the ILN brand and its members to a much bigger audience of potential clients. ILN members will have the option to "validate" their credentials at no additional cost (normally $240 USD) at the Annual Meeting. By validating, ILN members will receive a higher search ranking when users browse Mobility Exchange and enjoy real-time verification of their credentials.

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Member News

UTS Germany Strengthens International Focus
UTS Germany has been announced an official member of the international UniGroup Worldwide Moving network effective Sept. 1. The network's headquarter is located in the United States. UTS Germany is now an exclusive UniGroup Worldwide Moving partner who will cater to the German relocation and moving services market.
 
Arpin agent provides free move for a veteran and his family in need
Jorge Garcia's life changed forever one fateful day in Afghanistan. During combat, he sustained severe injuries which left him unable to work. The family turned to a veterans' advocate for help and found Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides support for military families, including financial assistance and transitional housing. Operation Homefront helped the family get settled in an apartment in Orange County, California, and provided them with donated furniture. Priority Moving, an agent of Arpin Van Lines, packed the Garcia family's belongings and placed them in storage in California. John Weeks, a driver for Arpin Van Lines, picked up the family's household goods from storage, transported them to Idaho Falls and moved everything into the new home. The entire move was carried out free of charge.
 
Move Happy, Relocation and Logistics Group names Georgia Angell President of International and Government Services
Move Happy is pleased to announce that Georgia Angell has joined the corporation as President of International and Government Services. She will be responsible for developing International Household Goods business for branch locations working with moving and storage agencies worldwide, along with direct oversight of our military and government Transportation Service Providers. Angell has more than 35 years of industry experience in key management positions with some of the industry's leading household goods moving and forwarding companies. She has managed all facets of the moving business and is experienced in local agency and port management.

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The disruption to cargo vessels recently caused by Hurricane Irma has raised a number of legal issues. In response, the Standard P&I Club published an alert, providing guidance on some of the issues commonly encountered.
 
Data platform NxtPort signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Cargo Belgium and its data-sharing platform BRUcloud to streamline multimodal cargo transport by reducing redundancies shared between ocean- and airfreight.
 
Maersk Line has uploaded the technical details of its entire container fleet to BoxTech, the database provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC). Following the upload, the BoxTech database now holds details of more than 7.5 million shipping containers, approximately 30 percent of the global container fleet.
 
With rapid growth expected "in the coming years," Qatar Chamber director general Saleh Hamad al-Sharqi said Hamad Port will transform Doha into a regional trade centre, which would promote inter-trade in the Middle East region and enhance the region's trade with the world.
 
When Lt. Gen. Mohab Mamish, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, announced the canal was complete, he said annual revenue would reach $13.4 billion, from about $5 billion at that time. Revenue has barely budged since then, and in fact has declined somewhat. Mamish was counting, however, on growth of global trade, which has suffered the past two years, according to Rashad Abdo, an economic expert and head of the Egyptian Forum for Political and Economic Studies.
 
Luxembourg-based carrier Cargolux expanded its growing partnership with Emirates SkyCargo in a move that has Emirates' cargo operation handling all Cargolux flights in and out of Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) as of this month, Cargolux announced.
 
While automation is an attractive proposition for ship-owners, it also brings complexity because its introduction requires more than the simple replacement of the functions of older systems. Modern functionality requires systems integration and interoperability with their hosts, which can add unexpected levels of connectivity and new risk factors to the ship or system into which they are integrated.
 
Iran is ready to establish preferential tariffs and free trade with some regional countries, particularly Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman, said the head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization (TPO).
 
Two investment houses published reports this week outlining their expectations for how Tesla will move into heavy duty trucking later this month. The argument starts with the premise that electric trucks will be more competitive and capture a higher share of the global truck market than most expect. By the mid-2020's, 10 percent of the U.S. trucks in the heaviest Class 8 weight segment and 15 percent of the trucks in the lighter Class 5 through 7 segments Trucks could be fully electric, said Rod Lache, an analyst at Deutsche Bank.
 
The 14,400 TEU capacity CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship to ever call at the port of New York and New Jersey on Thursday after sailing underneath the raised Bayonne Bridge. The ultra-large containership arrived at the APM Terminals Elizabeth container terminal after setting the record as the first 'big ship' to pass under the raised Bayonne Bridge, which now gives air draft clearance to vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity.
 
Business at Malaysia's main shipping hub in Port Klang has taken a hit this year as major shipping companies shift their operations to Singapore under new alliance agreements, industry officials say. This has raised questions over the aggressive plans by Kuala Lumpur to build new harbours and rail links along the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes.