ePortal Newsletter Feb. 3, 2018

February 03, 2018

In this Issue:

  • IAM Paying 47 Members Over $200,000 to settle 2017 RPP Claims
  • Canceled and Non-Paid Member Lists Being Populated
  • IAM Mobile 24/7 - The Mobile App for Your Mobile Staff
  • Registration now Open for IAM's DOD European Workshop
  • Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications
  • The Jackie Agner Scholarship

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IAM Paying 47 Members Over $200,000 to settle 2017 RPP Claims
For the 2017 fiscal year, the IAM Receivable Protection Program (RPP) will compensate 47 IAM Members $200,514.01 USD to settle claims stemming from the bankruptcies, liquidations, or ceasing of operations by eight other IAM Members. If your company is owed money by a fellow IAM Member, learn how to lodge a claim on the RPP Webpage and protect your company's bottom line in 2018.

Canceled and Non-Paid Member Lists Being Populated
Each year at this time IAM has some members who let us know they will not be renewing their memberships. We publish those companies on the Voluntary Cancelations list so that our members know that doing business with these companies is no longer subject to RPP protections. Also, multiple dues notices have been sent and members that have not paid will soon be canceled and added to the Non-Payment of Dues list. Contact IAM's Membership Team.

IAM Mobile 24/7 - The Mobile App for Your Mobile Staff
IAM Mobile 24/7 is a year-round app with all the critical information members need to stay connected with IAM's most popular information offerings. Imagine your sales staff being able to look up all our Country Guides from one place without a computer. Have a client moving from Bangkok to Bamako or from Bergen to Brasilia? Customs information and more is just a tap away. Download it now from the Google Play or iOS App Store. Contact Carl Weaver.

Registration now Open for IAM's DOD European Workshop
The International Association of Movers, working in conjunction with the U.S.  Department of Defense (DOD), will hold a DOD/Industry European Workshop in Mannheim, Germany March 21-22, 2018.

Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications
The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) is open for applications. Each year, the AFWSF awards up to ten $5,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the moving, relocation, forwarding and logistics industry or related fields. 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. Contact Margaret Kerr.

The Jackie Agner Scholarship
A new scholarship has been created in honor and memory of Jackie Agner, former Secretary/Treasurer of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund and 2010 IAM Hall of Honor inductee. Applicants for the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship will have the option to be considered for the Jackie Agner Scholarship as well. Successful candidates will have demonstrated the same attributes that Jackie exemplified in her charitable and philanthropic efforts. Read more and contact Margaret Kerr.


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Member News

Arpin International Group China hires Michael Hughes as Assistant General Manager
Arpin International Group has hired Michael Hughes as assistant general manager of the company's office in Shanghai. "Mike has six solid years in the international moving and relocation industry and is fluent in Chinese and Korean," said Michael Johnsen, vice-president, Asia region, of Arpin International Group. "He is ready to roll up his sleeves and become part of the team as a strategic hard worker and customer service leader, driving us toward greater results and opportunities."
Gosselin's mobility team in the Netherlands is expanding.
We are pleased to announce the strengthening of our Gosselin Mobility group presence in the Netherlands, with the appointment of Maarten van Zutphen as Branch Manager, effective 1 February 2018. Maarten's brief is to develop and manage our physical international moving and storage operations for our group, within the Netherlands. He will be based in our Amsterdam (Amstelveen) office working alongside Joop Corstjens and his team.

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On 06 December 2017, the Ivorian Council of Ministers adopted a decree limiting the age of previously owned vehicles imported into Côte d'Ivoire. The age limit for imported previously owned cars is now five years from the date of the vehicle's first registration.

Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including strong business investments, increased consumer confidence, more construction and improved factory output. Freight forwarders saw strong results last year in the ocean, air and trucking sectors, as tightening supply conditions led to strong inventory demand due to restocking of shelves, partially depleted by surging e-commerce growth.

Sabah Ports increases capacity at Sapangar
Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd will increase the handling capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) to half a million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) per annum with the launching of its two additional ship-to-shore cranes.

Container shipping company NileDutch started a cooperation with the technology company Transmetrics, to streamline its empty container flows and increase efficiency.

Port Houston broke its record for container traffic in a year due to strength in the transportation of steel, wind energy equipment and automobiles, according to the port authority. Longshoremen processed more than 2.46 million industry-standard twenty-foot-equivalent units , or TEUs, in 2017, a 13% increase compared with 2016.

China now controls one-tenth of European container terminal capacity - a figure that is up more than 9% from the start of the decade. That's according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's International Transport Forum (ITF), which revealed that Chinese container terminals in Europe now constitute about 10% of European volume and exist in 13 European ports.

Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.

Hedging your bets on securing capacity may be an ongoing gambit this year, say ocean shipping industry experts. The big players have only gotten bigger, but that's no guarantee that service and reliability will improve.

Airfreight rates from China rose modestly last week, with increases in Chinese export demand ahead of the upcoming shutdown in a little over two weeks for the Chinese New Year. However, freight rates are currently well under levels seen in December, when heavy seasonal demand combined with bad weather to push shipments from Asia to Europe as high as US$7 to $10 per kilogram.