ePortal Newsletter Jan. 20, 2018

January 20, 2018

In this Issue:

  • IAM Testifies Before Federal Maritime Commission on Detention and Demurrage Petition
  • Brian Limperopulos promoted to IAM Vice President
  • Are you a Mover Doing Good? Share your experience in the next issue of IAM's industry magazine, The Portal!
  • Claim Your IAM Mobility Exchange Listing. It is Free and Essential!
  • Look for the RPP Logo on the IAM Mobility Exchange
  • IAM members raise almost $6,000 to fight hunger
  • Have you Renewed your Dues?


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IAM Testifies Before Federal Maritime Commission on Detention and Demurrage Petition
This week, IAM joined nearly a dozen other shipper-based companies, and provided testimony to the Federal Maritime Commission in support of the Detention and Demurrage Petition, currently under consideration. IAM's involvement with the petition filers,The Coalition for Fair Port Practices (CFPP), goes back nearly two years, when informal discussions began among shippers and other impacted by detention and demurrage fees. The Commission asked that a petition be submitted so they could formally consider detention and demurrage practices.

Brian Limperopulos promoted to IAM Vice President
The International Association of Movers (IAM) is thrilled to announce the promotion of Brian Limperopulos to the position of Vice President.
Brian joined the Association almost nine years ago and has advanced through progressively responsible positions focused on program development and member education, as well as, advocacy and external relations with a variety of regulatory entities and other industry trade associations in the USA and abroad.
The Association and the IAM Membership have benefited greatly through Brian's direct experience in the industry and the knowledge he has gained while working here at IAM and with its' affiliated entities - including the International Shippers Association (ISA) and the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF).
More recently, Brian has been instrumental in the launch of IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX), the Association's new enhanced online digital directory, as well as, the development and planned rollout of IAM Here 2 Help (H2H), our new philanthropic focused entity aimed at providing logistical support following natural disasters and in response to other humanitarian needs around the world.
We are excited to see Brian in this new and expanded role, so please join me in congratulating him on his promotion.
Terry Head
IAM President

Are you a Mover Doing Good? Share your experience in the next issue of IAM's industry magazine, The Portal!
When it comes to helping others, movers are among the most generous people on Earth. In the March/April issue of The Portal, we will focus on all the ways IAM members are coming to the aid of those less fortunate.
Claim Your IAM Mobility Exchange Listing. It is Free and Essential!
The IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX) is the single, most comprehensive directory of mobility industry service partners and their suppliers. Beyond the ability to search and filter to locate the best possible match for your requirements, The Mobility Exchange offers IAM members the ability to validate and present their hard-earned compliance, capability, membership and quality credentials in a way that will differentiate themselves positively in their market.
Look for the RPP Logo on the IAM Mobility Exchange
When searching the IAM Mobility Exchange, you will notice that many of the listings have the Receivable Protection Program (RPP) logo next to their company name. The RPP logo indicates that this company is either an IAM Governing or Core Member. If your company provides a covered service to a company that has the RPP logo next to its name and that company fails to pay, that unpaid invoice is eligible for Unpaid Invoice Compensation through the IAM Receivable Protection Program (RPP).
IAM members raise almost $6,000 to fight hunger
Move for Hunger Executive Director Adam Lowy writes, "We can't thank you enough for the generous donation to Move For Hunger, totaling $5,990.84. This donation stemmed from the 2017 IAM Fundraising Raffle." Thank you to our members who purchased raffle tickets at the 2017 Annual Meeting for their enthusiasm and generosity! We truly appreciate you being a champion of Move For Hunger.
You may have heard Move For Hunger's accolades for 2017, but I think they bear repeating. In 2017, Move For Hunger is proud to have delivered 2.4 million pounds of food - more than ever in a single year! Also in 2017, Move For Hunger organized more than 760 food drives, and, in the final days of December, Move For Hunger delivered its 10 millionth pound of food!
Have you Renewed your Dues?
The third notice for dues payments went out this week to members that are approaching 90 days overdue. IAM wants you to keep receiving vital benefits such as priority placement on the IAM Mobility Exchange, RPP coverage for unpaid invoices, access to IAM connected, The Portal Magazine, and more. Your continued membership is important to us! Contact IAM's Membership Team.

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Member News

Suddath Certifies to New ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System 5th January 2018
Suddath® announced that its international division has successfully certified to the new ISO 9001:2015 standards. Last year, Mark Burchell, president of the international division, made the strategic decision to upgrade its ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification to the latest ISO 2015 standards to get ahead of the September 2018 deadline.
Don Krengiel's 40-year Anniversary
SIRVA is thrilled to announce the 40-year anniversary of Don Krengiel. Don was hired on October 5, 1977 where he first served as an Assistant Traffic Coordinator. Other positions Don has held include:
  • Director International Pricing and Procurement and Admin, Pricing/Contracts (2007)
  • Director Pricing and Procurement (2002)
  • Pricing Manager (2001)
  • Traffic Manager (1997)
  • Sr. Traffic Coordinator (1984)
Don has touched almost every account/move handled in operations. He is also responsible for setting Ops up for success. On the other hand, he is known to be an excellent cabinetry maker and enjoys woodwork as a hobby.
"I want to say thank you to the company for this public recognition. I also want to thank all the agents and customers I have come in contact with and learned from. A big thank you goes to all the people I have worked with here at SIRVA and especially to all my friends in the International Department. It's never been easy but we did a lot of great work and had a ton of laughs along the way. The last thank you goes to my Mom who pulled the job ad out of the paper for the AVLIC International Router opening in Broadview ll. which was my ticket to a 40-year career," said Don when he was asked to reflect on his career at SIRVA.
The Suddath Companies announces new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation
Suddath® is proud to announce a new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free dental care and preventative health education to children in the Dominican Republic. Based out of Canada, the Smiles Foundation was formed over 30 years ago, when founder Elina Katsman traveled to the Dominican Republic and witnessed first-hand the urgent need for dental treatment.
Arpin Strong holds clothing drive for Mexico earthquake victims' families
The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, held a clothing drive this fall after a Mexico-based moving company, Atlasmex Relocations, lost four of its men in the Mexican earthquake in September. The clothing, which arrived January 5 in Mexico City, was offered to the families of those left behind.
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Over the past two years Amazon.com Inc. has dabbled in the transportation and logistics industry. But recently, the e-commerce behemoth began to directly broker freight to truck drivers, rather than solely rely upon third-party firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Transport Topics has learned.
The depreciation of the dollar was one of the market surprises of 2017, defying the predictions of many analysts and economists at the start of that year. Continued weakness in 2018 has led some, including European officials, to warn about possible detrimental effects on growth.
China's first 20,000 TEU container vessel COSCO Shipping Aries is undergoing sea trials at the Port of Nantong after a naming ceremony on Tuesday. The delivery sets a new record in the country as the first 20,000 TEU ultra large container ship built in a Chinese shipyard with independent intellectual property rights.
Regional ports are banking on the development of infrastructure and the ease of cargo evacuation and delivery to remain competitive. With Dar-es-salaam and Mombasa ports charging almost the same rates, shippers say competition has shifted to how fluid the ports are and the speed at which goods are delivered to end users.
The first rail freight service has been launched on Kenya's 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa.
Figures from the Association of Russian Sea Ports show that the Russian Arctic seaports in 2017 handled a total of 74,2 million tons, an increase of 49,1 percent compared with 2016. The growth is rooted in a major general hike in Russian Arctic shipments.
Cargo owners and trucking companies urged the Federal Maritime Commission to set guidelines on detention and demurrage charges when unforeseen circumstances take place, such as a weather emergency or labor slowdown.
Airfreight prices that finally relaxed after the 2017 holiday season are poised to increase again with the approach of the Chinese New Year, occurring this year in mid-February, according to estimates from online pricing platform Freightos.
IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders.
Turkey is ready to create a new the route for a planned canal, aiming to reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait, in order to transform the European part of Istanbul into an island.
Fleets are ordering thousands of dry vans to deal with exceptionally tight trucking capacity pushed to the edge by the ELD mandate. Carriers are resorting to much more drop-and-hook to compensate for the lack of drivers, and they need significantly more trailers to manage the demand.
Ocean carrier deployed capacity during the fourth quarter of 2017 declined slightly from the prior quarter, but was up compared to a year prior, according to the latest World Liner Supply Report from BlueWater Reporting.