ePortal Newsletter Feb. 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

In this Issue:

  • IAM Pays Members Over $200,000 USD to Settle RPP Claims
  • Country Guides get even better, and are on the Mobile App!
  • Registration Open for IAM’s DOD European Workshop
  • Canceled Member Lists Being Populated


IAM Pays Members Over $200,000 USD to Settle RPP Claims

Following the final claims review for the 2017 fiscal year, IAM is paying out $200,514.01 USD to settle qualified Unpaid Invoice Compensation claims submitted through the Receivable Protection Program (RPP). This follows the $198,969 USD IAM paid out to settle qualified Unpaid Invoice Compensation claims from 2016. This is the primary benefit of the RPP - IAM compensates your company if its invoices were not paid by another member who went out of business.

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Country Guides get even better, and are on the Mobile App!

IAM’s Country Guides just got even better, as we added links to quickly find embassy information. In addition, the guides are part of the IAM Mobile 24/7 app – the mobile app for your mobile staff.


Registration 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. Register now.

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Canceled 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. Multiple dues notices have been sent and members that do not pay in time will be canceled and added to the Non-Payment of Dues list.



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Member News


Arpin Group promotes Renee Abrantes to director of human resources

Renee Abrantes has been promoted to director of human resources at Arpin Group. She has served as human resources manager since December 2016. Abrantes has been responsible for implementing a full range of human resources and general personnel administration functions, including administering and processing company payroll, benefit programs, leave programs, workers compensation and employee training programs. She also completed the implementation and conversion of new payroll, HRIS and recruitment systems for the company.

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Arpin Van Lines renews its sponsorship with the LPGA

Arpin Van Lines has renewed its 24-year sponsorship with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to provide its members with moving services. Arpin Van Lines first contracted with the LPGA as a sponsor in 1994 to provide its members with moving services. In 1999, Arpin Van Lines became the “Official Mover of the LPGA.”

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Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. breaks record: Named largest moving company in India

APML (Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd.) has been awarded the WORLD BOOK OF RECORDS certificate for being the largest movers of household goods in India. Yet another feather in the cap of APML.


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Industry News

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Container lines look anew at Asian trades

Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.


Senate confirms Trump's railroad nominee

After months of holdup, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Ronald Batory to serve as the federal railroad administrator, a move that follows several deadly train crashes in recent weeks.


EU antitrust regulators to fine NYK, Wilhelmsen, other car shipping firms

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter.


HMM notches up billion-dollar loss, but carrier still plans to order more megaships

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) slumped to a KRW1.2trn ($1.1bn) net loss in 2017. And this follows a KRW484bn loss the year before, bucking the industry trend of improved profitability. However, seemingly undaunted by the magnitude of its continued losses, the South Korean carrier is to invest $95m in 30,000 new containers and is reported to be on the verge of an order for a dozen 22,000 teu vessels and eight of 13,000 teu.


ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

Complying with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.


IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank

The IMO has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help promote sustainable shipping and ports in selected countries.


Disabled Containership MOL Prestige Under Tow Off British Columbia

The disabled containership MOL Prestige is under tow back to Canada after suffering an engine room fire last week that left the ship adrift off British Columbia, Canada.


Never Underestimate the Risk of Explosion in a Freight and Logistics Warehouse

Apart from the obvious risks in many a logistics operation, an expression of liquid gas when changing a fork lift truck bottle, an accidental spillage of fuel, and exactly the type of incident which should normally countered by proper Health and Safety protocols, most warehousemen will have never encountered a serious explosion, and indeed given it much thought.


Embark’s self-driving truck completes 2,400 mile cross-U.S. trip

Embark’s autonomous trucking solution just demonstrated what it could be capable of in a big way: It make a coast-to-coast trip from L.A. to Jacksonville, Florida, driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.


Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.