ePortal Newsletter May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

In this Issue:

  • A Look Back at the 2017 Fiscal Year for the RPP
  • Asian Tigers Validates Its IAM Members’ Listings on IAMX
  • IAM Seeks Input on Country Guides
  • 2018 IAM Hall of Honor Recipients
  • Register for the 5K at the IAM Annual Meeting


A Look Back at the 2017 Fiscal Year for the RPP

Learn how the Unpaid Invoice Compensation process of the RPP is sending money back to IAM Members each year and other associated stats with this valuable IAM member program.

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Asian Tigers Validates Its IAM Members’ Listings on IAMX

IAM is pleased to announce that Asian Tigers Mobility has validated each of its 13 IAM member companies in Mobility Exchange. Based at their headquarters in Singapore, the Chairman of Asian Tigers Mobility, Gordon Bell said, “The IAM’s Validation program is effective in its simplicity. We upload documentation to validate each of our membership, quality certification, licensing and compliance claims in our directory listing. Asian Tigers Mobility has made significant investments in our infrastructure which clearly differentiate our commitment to service excellence. The IAM has developed a very useful method of dynamically presenting our compliance credentials to our clients especially our service partners in the industry.”

Learn how to validate your listing on the IAM Mobility Exchange


IAM Seeks Input on Country Guides

As you are aware, the IAM Country Guides provide customs information for more than 180 countries and territories around the world. Detailing the documents needed for duty-free import and the specific policies of a country/territory, these comprehensive guides help ensure that customs processes go as smoothly as possible for both the mover and the moving customer.

We are always looking to improve the guides and keep them updated. Please review the Country Guide for your country and any others you have specialized knowledge of and recommend any specific changes to Victor Garcia.


2018 IAM Hall of Honor Recipients

The International Association of Movers is proud to announce the 2018 Class of the Hall of Honor. This year there was an overwhelming amount of nominations of very highly deserving individuals however, only three could be chosen. Congratulations to the following inductees:

  • Mr. Rick Curry, Gateways International / Pasha
  • Mr. John Day, Daycos
  • Ms. Margaret (Peg) Wilken, Stevens Forwarders, Inc. (Stevens Van Lines)

See past HoH recipients


Register for the 5K at the IAM Annual Meeting

The 5K Fun Run is officially coming back to the IAM Annual Meeting! Register to participate and take in the beautiful grounds of National Harbor while running or walking to benefit the moving industry charities, IAM Here 2 Help, and Move for Hunger. The race will be held on Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. Hit the ground running at this year’s Annual Meeting and join us for the return on the 5k Fun Run while raising money for two great causes.

Register today



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Member News


EUROMOVERS clarifies identity confusion in Dubai

EUROMOVERS International S.A., the global network of professional moving companies with its head office in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, would like to advise the moving industry that it has no connection with another organisation that trades under the name of Euromovers in Dubai.

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Suddath Wins CIO 100 Award for Industry Innovation

CIO from IDG today announces The Suddath Companies as a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100 Awards for its leadership in industry innovation. The prestigious annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence, and celebrate the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value.


Suddath won the award for its development of Tracker, powered by Telesciosm, a patent-pending industry-first technology cited as a game-changer for corporate office moves. The application brings consistency to late stage move planning and the physical move process. Features include inventory tracking, real-time status updates and digital quality management to deliver improved accuracy, as well as increased transparency for the customer and reduced business disruption.

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Arpin International Group receives Plus Partner Award

Arpin International Group was recognized as an inaugural recipient of a Plus Partner Award, which celebrates the collaborative efforts of Arpin and Plus Relocation to deliver world-class global mobility solutions.


Arpin International Group received the Plus Values Award. This award recognizes a supplier partner that emulates Plus Relocation’s six core values (Radical Integrity, Aggressive Collaboration, Unwavering Commitment, No Excuses Accountability, Servant Leadership and Outrageous Results) through their service, company philosophy and character.

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SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving to be Acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners from Investors Led by Aurora Resurgence

SIRVA, Inc., a leading global relocation and moving service provider, today announced that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago with significant experience investing in and growing industrial and technology services companies.


SIRVA, which has been owned by Aurora Resurgence and Equity Group Investments (EGI) since 2008, today has 55 office locations, 620 Agent locations and 2,600+ employees operating in 170 countries and plans to leverage MDP’s investment and industry expertise to expand its leadership position as a global, end-to-end moving and relocation service provider.

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New England Institute of Technology Receives Generous Donation from Arpin Van Lines, Dedicates Paul G. Arpin Lounge

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) recently held a Dedication Ceremony at its East Greenwich campus in recognition of the many generous donations made by organizations and friends of the university as its recent campus expansion project is now complete.


Special thanks to Arpin Van Lines headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, for its generous donation of $25,000. With more than 100 years of experience, Arpin is an industry leader in moving and storage services. The company has more than 645 agency locations throughout the United States. Arpin Van Lines is a division of Arpin Group, Inc., which also includes Arpin International Group, Creative Storage Solutions and Arpin Renewable Energy, LLC.

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Strikes in Brazil

OMNI would like to thank Laura Ganon at Fink Mobility for providing the following information about two strikes in Brazil.


Delays expected during Holy month of Ramadan

AGS wishes to remind you of the Holy Month of Ramadan, (expected from 15 May to 14 June 2018) observed in all Muslim countries. The month of Ramadan will be followed by EID celebrations and public holidays. Please note that Eid is subject to sighting of the moon and can vary from country to country. These holidays will have an impact on our operations resulting in delays for clearances for all international shipments (outbound and inbound).


After deal with U.A.E., Delta to re-launch U.S. flights to Mumbai

Delta Airlines released plans to re-launch its nonstop routes between the United States and Mumbai, following a gap period in which the carrier withdrew its flights to the region, when Delta says it was “forced to exit the market after subsidized state-owned airlines made service economically unviable.”


Trump White House Seeking Public Comment on Which Maritime Regulations to Remove

The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is seeking public input on how the federal government can reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the maritime sector as part of the Trump Administration’s broad plan to deregulate American industries.


Shippers with Cargo on Maersk Honam Face Hefty Bill to Get it Released

Shippers with cargo aboard the fire-stricken Maersk Honam will have to stump up over half its value if it is to be released under general average arrangements.


Even buskers take bitcoin now, but should you? A note of warning

Even the street entertainers in London are now accepting bitcoin – but cryptocurrency, like blockchain, can be a frightening concept. At yesterday’s Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) meeting in Atlanta, an accountant from Acuity brought things back to basics, asking: should your company be using cryptocurrencies for payment?


US Army flows fresh tanks, troops into Europe

All told, 3,300 troops of the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, will bring 2,500 pieces of equipment across the Atlantic Ocean. The formation will relieve the 2nd Armored Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, which will return to Fort Riley, Kansas.


House Appropriators Keep Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision in U.S. Transportation Bill

A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.


New Port of Rotterdam app cuts waiting time by 20%, reduces CO2 emissions

The port said in a press release that the application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at its terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port, it added.


Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war

The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America's position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.