Military Moving Industry Requests Bailout
A joint letter from the International Association of Movers (IAM) and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) this week has requested a US$186 million bailout from the government to help moving companies survive the two months freeze on military moving.
In the letter, the IAM and AMSA say moving companies will not survive the two-month halt on military moves announced on Saturday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is likely and estimated that entities will go out of business or enact severe layoffs," IAM and AMSA said. "Once the Department of Defense has lifted the travel ban there will be no companies to service the shipments and service members will be left on the curb, unable to move."
Also this week, Chuck White, President of the International Association of Movers, clarified that moving companies in the United States should expect very little military activity until at least May 11. White made his comments speaking on a recent on-line panel in response to some confusion over any exceptions to the recent directive from the Department of Defense. On Friday March 13, the US Secretary of Defense signed an order restricting all travel for military personnel that was followed on Saturday by further guidance from USTRANSCOM, the government department responsible for the moving contract for military personnel, stopping all but essential household goods moves.