News

  • Canada to open border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens on Aug. 9


    Jul 19, 2021 — Canada on Monday said it will begin to ease pandemic restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border next month, allowing U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the United States who are fully vaccinated with Canadian-authorized vaccines to enter for nonessential travel without quarantining.
  • Gulf Air collaborates with International Pet and Animal Transportation Association


    Jul 14, 2021 — The membership will allow Gulf Air to tap into a wider market of pet owners with requirements to transport their pets and animals when spending vacations or relocating from a city to another.
  • Update on Forthcoming Executive Order (EO) - Agency Review of Sea & Rail Industry Shipping Charges


    Jul 13, 2021
  • Biden to take aim at rail, sea shipping competition -source


    Jul 8, 2021 — According to Reuters, the Biden Administration plans to issue an Executive Order (EO) in the next few days that will direct both the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to address charges incurred by shippers, currently assessed by ocean carriers and the rail industry. As part of the directive, the EO will ask both agencies to specifically address the application and assessment of both detention and demurrage charges.
  • Togo jails pirates for first time


    Jul 8, 2021 — Nine pirates who attempted to hijack a ship in Togolese waters in May 2019 have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 12 to 20 years during a trial at a Lome court, marking the first time pirates have been tried in the West African nation.
  • Jebel Ali port rocked by containership explosion


    Jul 8, 2021 — Dubai Media Office confirmed the source of the blast was a small containership preparing to dock at the Jebel Ali container terminal. The media office said the fire was extinguished in 40 minutes, with the cooling process now underway. No casualties have been reported.
  • Current Guidance for Travel to the U.S.


    Jul 7, 2021 — While many countries have recently opened travel to U.S. visitors with varying conditions (vaccination proof, negative covid tests, quarantine, etc.), the same courtesy has not been offered to those traveling to the U.S. (outside of family, and other very limited, largely non-business reasons). The CDC has not updated the list of countries where visitors are prohibited from entry. Unfortunately, this prohibition represents a large base of potential international people who are IAM members (EU, UK, among others).
  • Warning to shippers: expect high freight rates and disruption to last a while


    Jul 7, 2021 — “I don’t believe we will see the disruption go away this year, it’ll be at least until Chinese New Year – and then we will have to see how Covid has developed. In 2023, carriers will have more capacity in the market, which should, theoretically, ease the way of working. But we don’t know how demand will look then.”
  • 'Unequal' impact of high freight rates hits margins of smaller shippers harder


    Jul 6, 2021 — A shipper moving cargo at the lower end of the spot market would have seen rates increase from $2,200/FFE a year ago, to $5,300 today, while another, unable to secure the lower rates, would have paid $2,700/FFE a year ago and $11,200 in today’s market.
  • Haulier praise for port of Liverpool (and The Loadstar) as it acts to ease delays


    Jul 6, 2021 — “It has definitely improved in terms of turnaround time – I would say wait times are down to 60-90 minutes – and, while VBS slots are still short in terms of supply, we’re seeing success in obtaining them for same-day deliveries."
  • Container Shipping Prices Skyrocket as Rush to Move Goods Picks Up


    Jul 6, 2021 — Prices to ship containers from Asia to the U.S. and Europe are rising at a historic pace as cargo owners bid up rates in a search for ocean transportation capacity that shipping industry executives expect to remain tight for the rest of the year. The average price world-wide to ship a 40-foot container has more than quadrupled from a year ago, to $8,399 as of July 1.
  • Record heatwave across Pacific north-west disrupts air and road supply chains


    Jul 2, 2021 — Road surfaces have warped, and buckled in some places. A section of route 544 in Washington State had to be closed after the surface was declared unsafe and the Seattle Department of Transportation has been dousing the city’s three steel drawbridges to prevent the metal from over-expanding. In some places, the heat has melted power cables, which resulted in a shutdown of the streetcar service in Portland, and in British Columbia, the town of Lytton had to be evacuated as a wildfire closed in, destroying most of the housing.
  • As box rates leave some shippers 'very badly hurt', others see an opportunity


    Jul 2, 2021 — There seems to be no limit to what some shippers are prepared to pay to get containers onboard sailings from Asia to Europe and the US. This week it appeared rate ‘offers’ in excess of $20,000 per 40ft are common on both tradelanes.
  • Pressure to End US-Europe Travel Ban


    Jul 1, 2021 — The United States government came under pressure this week to end the travel ban on British and European Union citizens as trans-Atlantic business, including international relocation, continues to suffer.
  • US-Canada Border to Open in Weeks


    Jul 1, 2021 — The Canadian Prime Minister this week announced that the first phases of reopening the border between the United States and Canada could come within weeks and that fully vaccinated Canadians can return to the country without having to go through quarantine from July 5.
  • Haulier fears and claims of 'classic bully boy tactics' a 'surprise' to UK ports


    Jul 1, 2021 — Hauliers are calling for a major shake-up of the way the shipping sector operates, claiming they are being “held hostage” by carriers and ports. Fearing that access to ports could be revoked if they spoke openly, some haulage companies told The Loadstar the present dynamic was one of servitude, where they are forced to accept conditions presented by shipping lines and ports or “go elsewhere”.
  • Pest control measures aimed at box sector would disrupt supply chains, says WSC


    Jul 1, 2021 — Australia’s Department for Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) says its new restrictions should be a warning of the next major upheaval in container shipping, as governments act to restrict the movement of invasive species on and in containers.
  • Hapag-Lloyd Orders Another Six Ultra Large Container Vessels of 23,500+ TEU


    Jun 30, 2021 — Hapag-Lloyd has commissioned the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to build six ships, each with a capacity of over 23,500 TEU. The container liner shipping company had already placed an order for six ships of the same size at the end of 2020. Thus, the fleet will be expanded by a dozen 23,500+ TEU ships in total.
  • 'Crazy rates' to ship a container out of India – after a 100% premium to get the box


    Jun 29, 2021 — With the severe shortage of containers and capacity, Indian forwarders are being quoted “crazy” freight rates by carriers that “won’t honour” contracts. “A 40ft container to the US before Covid cost $2,000, now it is between $6,200 and $6,500,” Federation of Indian Export Organisations said.
  • IT outage adds to Liverpool’s woes, but hauliers say port delays are easing


    Jun 29, 2021 — Last week, one haulier said the situation at Terminal 1 of the Peel Ports-operated SeaForth Gateway was “diabolical”, with jobs that would normally take two hours taking the better part of a day. But the haulier told The Loadstar today: “There has been a massive improvement in wait times, which have now dropped to 90 minutes.
  • Congress discusses forcing liners to accept US export container bookings


    Jun 16, 2021 — American politicians are discussing taking drastic action to force global liners to take all US export container bookings. A Republican and a Democrat have pitched the idea to the US House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, claiming yesterday American exporters are being discriminated by carriers who are rushing to send their empty boxes back to Asia rather than wait for American exporters – led by the agricultural community – to fill them up.
  • Panama Canal to allow larger vessels to transit


    Jun 16, 2021 — The Panama Canal has increased the maximum allowable length for commercial and non-commercial vessels transiting the neopanamax locks to 370.33 m, up from 367.28 m. The increase means that 96.8% of the world’s fleet of containerships can now transit the canal.
  • As Canada’s ELD mandate takes effect, compliance is impossible


    Jun 14, 2021 — What if a federal regulation was passed, and no one complied? That’s the awkward situation the industry finds itself in, with the Canadian electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that took effect June 12. Canada’s ELD mandate requires carriers to use a third-party-certified ELD, a list of which will be posted to Transport Canada’s website. However, no devices have been approved to date. That doesn’t mean the regulation is being postponed. It just means there will initially be no way to comply.
  • Container shortage worsens as box ships avoid Chinese ports that need empties


    Jun 10, 2021 — The availability of containers at southern Chinese ports continues to deteriorate as carriers omit calls due to a wave of Covid outbreaks in Guangzhou province. According to the latest data from Container xChange, the ports of Yantian, Shekou and Nansha have been hit worst by the box shortages.
  • Hauliers must comply with post-Brexit common transit convention, warns Bifa


    Jun 10, 2021 — UK hauliers have been warned about meeting their common transit convention obligations, after it emerged some were failing to comply with post-Brexit rules. The British International Freight Association reiterated the need for CTC compliance after discovering several members were failing to present transit accompanying documents at an office of destination where transit movements end.
  • FMC Accepting Applications for National Shipper Advisory Committee


    Jun 9, 2021 — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it is accepting applications from qualified members of the international trade community wishing to serve on its newly formed National Shipper Advisory Committee (NSAC).
  • Labor, wood and equipment shortages creating havoc for some troops moving this summer


    Jun 9, 2021 — This year’s moving season for military personnel and their families is in high gear, and some troops are already feeling the effects of stretched capacity in the moving industry. IAM's Dan Bradley said that a variety of factors are causing the situation of stretched capacity. He’s seeing instances earlier this year of companies having to “turn back” moves to TRANSCOM they had previously accepted and scheduled for service members because of unforeseen problems with labor or other issues.
  • Calls for government action to tackle driver shortage crisis grow more urgent


    Jun 9, 2021 — Road freight lobby groups have renewed calls for government support to tackle the driver shortage crisis, as research revealed European capacity hit a three-year low last month.
  • South China ports in crisis as logjam of box ships and containers grows


    Jun 8, 2021 — South China’s port congestion has gone from bad to worse – delays at Yantian are spilling over to nearby Shekou and Nansha. When the bottleneck began, Hutchison-run Yantian International Container Terminal blamed out-of-whack shipping schedules for suspending laden export operations. Since then, multiple shipping lines have blamed Covid-19 for causing the poor port productivity in the Pearl River Delta.
  • Asia Braces For 20 Cyclones In 2021


    Jun 7, 2021 — Half of the roughly 20 tropical cyclones expected to form in the western Pacific Ocean through September this year are predicted to hit land in east Asian nations, forecasters said on Friday, making for a season that is busier than usual. Such storms have wrought havoc running into damages of more than $175 billion across Asia in the past decade, international disaster database EM-DAT shows.
  • Serious threat to UK customs duty revenue as backlog of declarations grows


    Jun 7, 2021 — UK Customs is “looking down the barrel of a potential nightmare” as a delay on the requirement to submit declarations nears its end and the country still lacks sufficient resources to cover the backlog.
  • Yantian congestion pushes box spot rates to new highs, ceiling still not in sight


    Jun 4, 2021 — Hobbled by growing congestion at Chinese export gateway Yantian and key receiving terminals such as Oakland and Hamburg, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index shot up by another 3.3% today to hit new records. The box spot index operated by the Shanghai Shipping Exchange climbed 117 points to close the week on 3,613 points, up 157% year-on-year.
  • Protestors claim to have blocked ZIM ship from docking in Oakland


    Jun 3, 2021 — Pro-Palestinian protestors have claimed victory in turning a ZIM ship away from the Port of Oakland in California. The organisation’s ‘Block the Boat’ campaign aims to prevent Zim Integrated Shipping Services from docking anywhere during an ‘International Week of Action’ that will end on June 9.
  • OOCL Durban takes out two cranes in Kaohsiung


    Jun 3, 2021 — A giant gantry crane collapsed onto another crane today at Taiwan’s largest port as a containership came in too close to a moored, smaller vessel while coming in to dock.
  • 2M drops a Hamburg call to avoid 'exceptional' vessel waiting times


    Jun 1, 2021 — Port congestion at the container hubs of North Europe is continuing to impact alliance networks and further disrupt already stretched supply chains. The 2M partners, Maersk and MSC, advised customers today their AE7/Condor Loop 4 would omit Hamburg for the next four weeks to discharge cargo at Bremerhaven.
  • HMM adds its fifth extra loader to US east coast


    Jun 1, 2021 — South Korean flagship liner operator HMM has substituted the 1,800 teu multi-purpose vessel HMM Dubai, normally used to carry heavylift & project cargo, to offer an extra loader service to the US. This was one of 25 extra loader services from HMM since August 2020: 14 to Los Angeles, five to the US east coast, three to Russia, two to Europe and one to Vietnam.
  • Explosion rocks X-Press Pearl, all crew evacuated as Sri Lanka prepares for the worst


    May 25, 2021 — This morning the vessel suffered an explosion, all crew have evacuated and at least eight containers, some feared to be containing acid, have tumbled into the sea, with authorities issuing swimming bans nearby.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Current Guidance for Travel to the U.S.


    May 19, 2021 — Currently, all persons entering the U.S. from an international destination via plane, (including U.S. citizens and those fully vaccinated), are required to have and present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days prior travel, OR documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
  • IAM Signs Joint Letter to Congress about Reinstating the Moving Expense Tax Deduction


    May 6, 2021 — IAM President Charles White signed on to a joint letter to congressional leaders, urging them to reinstate the moving expense tax deduction effective Jan. 1 of this year, and also asked them to not increase corporate or individual tax rates at this time.
  • IAM can provide your FMCSA Interstate Compliance Requirements (BOC-3 Process Agents & Arbitration)


    May 5, 2021
  • Video: IAM's 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo


    Apr 12, 2021
  • IAM Announces New Women-Led Leadership Program


    Feb 9, 2021 — Successful organizations in the global mobility industry depend on strong leaders prepared to tackle strategic challenges today and in the future. Leadership teams should be made up of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences who bring varied viewpoints to the table. IAM’s Leadership Alliance Program will be designed to help individuals enhance their leadership skills and help organizations build dynamic leadership teams.
  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act


    Jan 13, 2021
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Seeking Input on Detention and Demurrage Charges


    Jan 12, 2021
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Moves Forward, Announces Investigation of Port-Based Detention and Demurrage Charges


    Nov 23, 2020 — FMC approved a Supplemental Order that expands the authority of Fact Finding 29, “International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement”. Commissioner Dye will lead the FMC's efforts into further investigation of ocean carriers operating in alliances, focusing on the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Specifically, the Commission will review policies and practices related to detention and demurrage, container return and container availability.
  • Update from Chile


    Jun 10, 2020
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report on DoD “Movement of Household Goods”


    Apr 10, 2020 — GAO released their long-awaited report on their assessment of DoD’s Personal Property Program (DP3) and implications of transitioning to a single move manager under the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC).
  • DoD’s Contracting Initiative—Lather, Rinse, Repeat


    May 24, 2019 — This is the eighth in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • IAM Attends the Young Movers Conference (YMC) in Romania


    May 22, 2019 — IAM Staff Members Brian Limperopulos and Julia O’Connor attended the 2019 Young Movers Conference earlier this month.
  • DoD’s Contracting Initiative—How Much Trust is Too Much?


    May 17, 2019 — This is the seventh in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • DoD’s Contracting Initiative—Kicked to the Curb


    May 10, 2019 — This is the sixth in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • DoD’s Contracting Initiative—If It Ain't Broke...


    May 3, 2019 — This is the fifth in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • DoD’s Contracting Initiative—a Rational Business Decision or a Roll of the dice?


    Apr 26, 2019 — This is the fourth in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • Outsourcing and the International Forwarder


    Apr 19, 2019 — This is the third in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss


    Apr 12, 2019 — This is the second in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • The Risks of a Monopoly Managing the DOD Personal Property Program


    Apr 5, 2019 — This is the first in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • USTRANSCOM Commander Meets with Moving Industry Reps to Improve PCS Move Quality – An Industry Perspective


    Mar 29, 2019 — USTRANSCOM Public Affairs published a press release highlighting GEN Lyons’ meeting with CEOs from various moving companies who support DoD household goods movement, and a separate meeting with moving industry trade associations. The press release is not an accurate account of the events of those meetings. Industry attendees believe the tone of the press release implied industry’s support to the general’s decision to award a contract to a single provider. To be clear, most of DoD’s current household goods service providers do not support this initiative.
  • US Elections - The Impact on the Moving Industry


    — Chuck White and Brian Limperopulos host a panel discussion with Jim Wise and Bryan Vickers of Pace Consulting regarding preliminary election results and the possible impacts the election and other related political initiatives may have on the moving industry.
  • URUGUAY'S NEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


  • France Eases the Lockdown


    — As government instructions that restricted moves to exceptional cases expires on May 11, the French moving associations and Unions have published an industry directive for professional moving companies to return to work after that date.
  • Italy introduces obligatory paperwork in response to COVID-19


    — According to a decree adopted on March 9th by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte restricting the ability to move across the country affected by COVID-19, freight is considered an economically viable activity and drivers are allowed to enter, exit and move goods in the designated quarantine areas for the purpose of transporting, loading and unloading of goods.