ePortal Newsletter Dec. 23, 2017

December 23, 2017

In this Issue:

  • Membership Renewal Season
  • IAM Holiday Hours
  • Find Your Next Business Partner on the IAM Mobility Exchange
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Members Can Validate Their Listing at No Additional Charge on Mobility Exchange
  • Last Chance to Claim for RPP Unpaid Invoice CompensationIAM Hall of Honor Call for 2018 Nominations
  • Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications
  • IAM Mobile 24/7 and Mobility Exchange: Together at Last!

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Membership Renewal Season
IAM membership renewal notices were sent via email on Dec. 4. 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. Contact IAM's Membership Team.

IAM Holiday Hours
Please note that IAM's office will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. We will reopen on Jan. 2, excited for a new year of possibilities! IAM wishes you, your family, and your employees a happy year-end and New Year.

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 edit and upgrade your company's listing.
IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Members Can Validate Their Listing at No Additional Charge on Mobility Exchange
Join the ILN today and validate your company's listing for free on IAM's Mobility Exchange - a $240 value! The IAM Mobility Exchange will expose the IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Brand and its members to a much bigger audience of potential clients. By validating, ILN Members will enjoy real-time verification of their credentials and receive a higher search ranking when users browse the IAM Mobility Exchange. If your company has already diversified or is considering diversifying into logistics services like office moving, project forwarding, warehousing and distribution or cargo moving, now is the time to join the ILN.
Last Chance to Claim for RPP Unpaid Invoice Compensation
If you are owed money by another IAM Member and suspect that that company has declared bankruptcy or ceased to exist as a result of being financially insolvent or otherwise unable to continue operations, please submit an RPP Unpaid Invoice Compensation claim on or before December 31, 2017, to be eligible to receive compensation during the first quarter of 2018. Any claim submitted in 2018 will only be eligible for compensation after the end of the 2018 fiscal year so be sure to submit claims now. Contact Brian Limperopulos.
IAM Hall of Honor Call for 2018 Nominations
2018 marks the 10th year of the IAM Hall of Honor. Nominations may be submitted by any IAM member, client or customer. The candidates selected will be honored in October at the induction ceremonies during IAM's 56th Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Nominations must include the nominee's name and current professional affiliation as well as the reasons you believe the candidate is deserving of this distinction. Nominations will open on Jan. 1 and must be received at the IAM office no later than April 1, 2018. Contact hoh@IAMovers.org.
Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications
The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) will begin accepting applications starting on Jan. 1. Each year, the AFWSF awards up to 10 $5,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the moving, relocation, forwarding and logistics industry or related field. The scholarship is open to applicants from around the world. Students must be an employee of an IAM member or a dependent of an employee of an IAM member. The deadline is May 1, 2018. Contact Margaret Kerr.
IAM Mobile 24/7 and Mobility Exchange: Together at Last!
IAM Mobile 24/7, IAM's full-year mobile app, now features a seamless integration with Mobility Exchange, IAM's new powerful directory. This was the last part of our push to get the most-needed IAM information in your hands year-round. Open the IAM Mobile 24/7 App and select the Member Directory option. Contact Carl Weaver.

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Member News

Ahlers Belgium, Gosselin Logistics & Jas Forwarding winners of the Lean & Green award for forwarders
On Dec. 11, Ahlers, Gosselin Logistics and Jas Forwarding, 3 renowned Antwerp forwarders in and around the Port of Antwerp, won the Lean & Green award. This acknowledgement is being awarded to logistic companies who engage themselves to reduce their CO2-exhaust by 20% within 5 years' time. This commitment led to an extensive report from each of the 3 winners with analysis and action plans of which the first results are already measurable.
Interstate Honors Our Nation's Fallen Soldiers This Holiday Season
Interstate Moving | Relocation | Logistics [MoveInterstate.com], based in Springfield, VA, is once again proud to be a multi-faceted contributor to Wreaths Across America's annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, among others, on December 16. This is the third year Interstate and its employees have supported this sacred event honoring our nation's fallen soldiers.
Marc Rogers Named UniGroup President and CEO
UniGroup Chairman, H. Daniel McCollister, announced Marc Rogers has been named president and CEO of UniGroup and its operating subsidiaries which include the largest and most well-known household goods movers United Van Lines and Mayflower. Rogers brings decades of experience in the transportation industry and is known for transforming companies to meet changing client needs. Additionally, he has been successful in igniting substantial growth in the organizations he leads.
Lexicon® Relocation hires Melanie Klaschka as Director of Global Business Development Strategy
Lexicon Relocation, a leading provider of global mobility services, announces the appointment of Melanie Klaschka as director of global business development strategy. Klaschka, who brings 17 years of expertise in business development and management of strategic relationships to Lexicon Relocation, will focus on assisting and supporting global business development initiatives and strategies. During her career, Melanie has developed global partnerships and programs for some of the largest Fortune 100 firms. She has lived abroad and worked in London, Germany, New York and Washington D.C., giving her first-hand knowledge and experience as an expatriate in the global mobility industry. Klaschka studied international business at Eckerd College, holds her Global Mobility Specialist certification with Worldwide ERC® and is based in New York.
De Haan Relocation appoints Wouter Hijzen as its new CEO
De Haan in The Netherlands has appointed Wouter Hijzen as its new CEO. Wouter has over 20 years of experience in international logistics at both TNT and Spring Global Mail. This year De Haan is celebrating 240 years in business. Shareholder Michiel de Haan is very positive about Wouter's arrival. "Wouter is a real people-person, and an entrepreneur with extensive international experience in the service industry, logistics and ICT," he said. "With his skill set and experience, we will continue to strengthen the foundations of what is already a successful two century-old family business." Wouter can be contacted directly on wouter.hijzen@dehaan.nl.

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Port of Durban remains congested

AGS Durban wishes to inform you that the port of Durban remains congested which is affecting all shipping lines. The port suffered heavy damage following a severe storm in October, while problems in the processing of containers also caused setbacks. All shipments to and from Durban, as well as all operations to and from Southern Africa, are affected by the additional delays.


The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) on Tuesday announced plans to build a container terminal that could serve as a new international economic hub geared toward logistics facilities, distribution centers and other new businesses. The CA$400 million terminal project will include an extension of the Port of Quebec's wharf line and links to ?existing rail and road networks. The port is served by CN, Canadian Pacific and the Quebec Gatineau Railway.
Clouds lifting, calmer seas returning. But the 2018 marine forecast for transpacific and other major shipping trade routes also notes that full recovery from the dark days of 2015-16 depends on a number of political, economic and technological factors.
Penetration testing experts Pen Test Partners, have highlighted how hackers could sink a bulk carrier by manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to deliberately cause an imbalance of cargo on the vessel without the crew being aware. The consequences could be catastrophic with the vessel being put under intense strain leading to it breaking up and sinking.
As the electronic logging device mandate takes effect in the United States, Canada has published its own first draft of rules that would require the devices for truck drivers. Once finalized, the mandate will be rolled out within two years.
Delta Cargo has lifted the embargo for all domestic cargo departing from, arriving in and transferring through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) as of 12 pm ET.
Total November POLA volume came in at 924,225 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which set a new record for monthly volumes in the port's 110-year history, topping November 2016's 877,564 TEU, and were up 5.3% annually. POLB November volume was up 14.7% annually at 612,659 TEU, with the first 11 months of 2017 coming in at 6,847,589 for a 10% annual gain. In calendar year 2016, POLB handled 6,775,171 TEU.