ePortal Newsletter Aug. 4, 2017

August 04, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!
  • How Green Are You? Share Your Insights and Experiences in The Portal
  • Some Sponsorships Left for IAM Annual Meeting
  • IAM Events App Keeps You Connected Before the Big Event

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Do you ship HHG in or out of the USA? Make sure you are not breaking the law!
Register for this important education session on September 27, 2017, 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. Read more and register now.

How Green Are You? Share Your Insights and Experiences in The Portal
In the September/October issue of The Portal, in addition to an overview of the upcoming Annual Meeting, we will take a look at the industry's environmental costs and contributions to the planet. For example:
  • Are you recycling moving pads or using recycled materials to manufacture them?
  • Are plastic containers gaining currency over wooden ones, and why?
  • What do you do with cartons/crates at the end of their useful life?
  • What is being done to minimize waste? Are customer inquiries prompting you to go green (e.g., use recycled materials, alternative fuels)?

Some Sponsorships Left for IAM Annual Meeting
Want to get in front of your clients at the 55th Annual Meeting and Expo? One great way is to purchase a sponsorship. Whether it is a booth in the expo hall, the YP social event, or even an entire escalator, your message is important and your brand needs to be visible. Download the exhibitor prospectus and contact Katia McKinnon to reserve your spot before your competition does.

IAM Events App Keeps You Connected Before the Big Event
We are only 65 days from IAM's Annual Meeting and Expo. Do you know who will be there and which exhibitors you need to visit? The IAM Events App is your link to what's happening before, during, and even after the big meeting. Connect with colleagues and make those important meetings now. Plan your conference experience and ensure success for yourself and your partners. Contact Carl Weaver with questions.

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Member News

Arpin employee raises $5,000 for veterans' charity, honored as top 10 individual fundraiser
Mark Dearborn, vice president of corporate accounts of Arpin Group, raised $5,000 for the Boston-based veterans charity fundraiser event, Run to Home Base. He was honored as a top 10 individual fundraiser and an all-star fundraiser. Dearborn has been participating in Run to Home Base since 2014 and has personally raised $13,000 for the charity. He ran the 9-kilometer course in 43 minutes, a personal best.
Coleman World Group's Jeff Coleman takes on new advocacy role for Army
Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman World Group, has been appointed as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. Civilian aides to the secretary of the army are business and community leaders appointed to advise and support Army leaders throughout the U.S. CASAs include educators, business leaders, attorneys and others. CASAs advise Army officials concerning public sentiment regarding the Army in their areas and promote the Army at local events and public speaking engagements.
United (Agents) for a Cause: Unity Tour for Fallen Police Officers
On May 12th, 2017, over 2,200 riders from all nine chapters of the Unity Tour for Fallen Police Officers arrived at their destination: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Continuing our support of worthy charities once again United Van Lines agents were honored to logistically support this annual event. Over the last 20 years the Unity Tour has raised $23 M for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Uber Freight, a load-matching app and third-party logistics provider launched in May by the company known for its ride-sharing app, is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system. The company announced it is expanding to major metros across California, Arizona, the Chicago-Midwest region, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Air cargo is booming. With reports in from research firms WorldACD and Drewry, and now IATA, the first half of 2017 saw its strongest freight demand increase since 2010. Yesterday's IATA report for June indicated an overall improvement in global trade for the month, with year-over-year demand growth of 11 percent. New global export orders are near a six-year high, IATA said, with support from a stronger global economy.
Barges might move cargo boxes among Port of Charleston terminals in the coming years. The S.C. State Ports Authority is considering the idea as part of an effort to remove more trucks from the Lowcountry's congested highways.
Preliminary reports indicate U.S. West Coast union longshore workers will extend their collective bargaining agreement to 2022, the early vote welcomed by stakeholders given the contentious negotiations of 2014, which jammed up port operations numerous times during that year's negotiations.
The 'eradication' of Somali piracy in 2012 was heralded as a key success story for international intervention, and the operational structure advertised as a panacea for counter-piracy initiatives globally. Warnings that Somali piracy was merely experiencing a lull and would inevitably return were largely ignored. A spate of successful hijackings, the first since 2012, appear to have proven such warnings correct.
In an industry as cyclical as the airfreight sector, good news is usually followed by a period of mild trepidation. "If demand is up one month, surely it will fall the next months," goes the general wisdom of veteran air carrier executives who know how the airfreight rollercoaster works. This year, however, something strange happened. The air cargo growth just kept going. And going. It's still going today.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), a brand of Daimler Trucks Asia, has celebrated the start of production of its first all electric light-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter, in Europe. The event was held at the production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanter for the European and US markets will be produced in line with the conventional Fuso Canter freight truck.
Since last October, the World Trade Organization (WTO) registered the lowest monthly average implementation of new trade restrictions since the financial crisis of 2008, providing a surprising counternarrative to President Trump's agenda. It turns out the European Union is actually quite disposed to free trade, outlining the framework for an economic mega-bloc with Japan earlier this month, and having established free-trade deals with 38 countries so far.
Panalpina has warned shippers to book their airfreight shipments as early as possible to avoid a spike in prices and capacity shortages during what is expected to be a busy peak period.