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  • Port of Los Angeles Reports Strongest Month Ever in August


    Sep 16, 2020 — The Port of Los Angeles recorded its first monthly cargo increase of the year in August as imports soared to a record high, helping the port to its strongest month ever. In August, the port processed 961,833 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), up 12% from August 2019. The port said the increase was mainly driven by imports, which eclipsed 500,000 TEUs for the first time ever.
  • Update: Senate Republicans Formally Introduce Next Round of COVID-19 Relief Legislation


    Sep 10, 2020 — Earlier today, the US Senate failed to reach the necessary "60 vote" threshold, required to cut off debate and move towards a floor vote on the Republican-led COVID-19 legislative package, by a vote of 52-47. Negotiations will continue on a relief package, with House Democratic leadership seeking to broaden the coverage, as outlined in the update below. IAM will keep members apprised of developments, any bill changes and timelines as their discussions continue.
  • New mega-containership arrivals risk upsetting the balance on box trades


    Aug 20, 2020 — Despite the containership orderbook at an historic low, the top carriers have a backlog of 86 ships of over 10,000 teu stemmed for delivery over the next two to three years. The orders were placed before the pandemic stunted global growth, but with considerable uncertainty over the speed of a recovery against the recessionary background, the deployment of 1.47 million teu of capacity on the newbuild ULCVs could prove challenging.
  • Container Costs Risk Spiraling Out Of Control


    Aug 20, 2020 — Container shipping costs and service levels are at risk of spiralling out of control, according to Drewry. As well as a massive withdrawal of capacity since the start of the Covid-19 crisis – 468 blanked departures on east-west trades – the analyst said schedule reliability had been “extremely low”.
  • Plaquemines Port to build new container terminal on Mississippi River


    Aug 18, 2020 — Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District (PPHTD) in Louisiana, US, has entered into a letter of intent for the construction of a multimodal container terminal on the banks of the Mississippi River. Phase one of the project is expected to complete in two years and will deliver the capability to accommodate 22,000 teu mega containerships.
  • Pandemic to Weigh on U.S. Ports’ Peak Shipping Season


    Aug 14, 2020 — Imports at major U.S. container seaports could hit their lowest level in four years as the novel coronavirus pandemic pummels a U.S. economy that was already grappling with negative effects of the U.S.-China trade war, experts said.
  • Hong Kong Seaport Alliance offers remedy to address competition concerns


    Aug 13, 2020 — Long plagued by monopoly accusations, the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance, formed by four of the five container port operators at Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, has released a list of proposed remedies in order to address concerns raised by Hong Kong’s competition authority.
  • Three men fined in Nigeria as new anti-piracy laws take effect


    Aug 13, 2020 — A new anti-piracy law in Nigeria has delivered its first results. A court in Port Harcourt has fined three men $52,000 each for hijacking a ship in March and securing a ransom of $200,000 for the release of its crew. Nigeria is the world’s hotspot for piracy with four out of five attacks around the globe taking place in and around its waters.
  • Strong winds cause container cranes to collapse at JNPT, Mumbai


    Aug 6, 2020 — With heavy rains continuing to lash the city of Mumbai, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Navi Mumbai has not been able to carry out the planned insurance survey after three out of its nine ship-to-shore cranes collapsed Wednesday due to strong winds.
  • More carriers must blank voyages to avoid transatlantic rate collapse


    Aug 5, 2020 — Transatlantic demand continues to be hit by the pandemic, obliging carriers to extend voyage-blanking programmes and putting rates under pressure.
  • Vessels redirect to other ports as strike chaos continues at Montreal


    Aug 5, 2020 — The stand-off between labour and employers at the port of Montreal saw another strike disrupting container traffic this week. Frustrated by the situation, carriers have begun to redirect vessels to other ports.
  • Chile's Borders to Remain Closed until 14 August


    Jul 30, 2020
  • Senate Republican COVID Proposals


    Jul 28, 2020 — Republican Leadership in the Senate released its proposal for legislation to address the health and economic consequences of the covid-19 pandemic this week. IAM’s Government Affairs team from PACE provided the following summary of those proposals.
  • Message from Charles White about IAM's 2020 Annual Meeting


    Jul 24, 2020
  • IAM to Take 2020 Conference Completely Virtual Due to COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Concerns


    Jul 21, 2020 — IAM will move its 2020 Annual Meeting to a fully virtual environment. The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage many areas of the world and the United States is one of the hardest hit. California, where IAM planned to hold this year’s conference, has recently seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and the governor has rolled back many initiatives planned to reopen the state.
  • Funding for Truck Parking


    Jun 17, 2020 — IAM joined the ATA and other leading organizations in a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio, asking the Committee consider providing an additional $505 million for trucking parking projects, as part of the INVEST In America Act.
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Begins Highway Reauthorization Today


    Jun 17, 2020 — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began its Committee markup and consideration of the INVEST In America Act. While IAM does not anticipate the legislation will pass both chambers and be signed into law this year, it does include several policy markers for issues that will be addressed in the next Congress.
  • Update from Chile


    Jun 10, 2020
  • IAM welcomes FMC’s Final Interpretative Rule on Demurrage and Detention Charges


    May 13, 2020 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) welcomes the US Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) guidance issued recently specifying its new approach to assessing the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and practices by shipping lines and U.S. port operators. “The Commission's Final Interpretive Rule represents a significant milestone for the shipping public, particularly individuals moving their household goods to or from the United States. For too long, these shippers faced the prospect of thousands of dollars in excess costs due to the unregulated detention and demurrage environment” said Charles White, IAM President.
  • USTC J9 Stop Movement/COVID-19 Call (28 April)


    Apr 30, 2020 — On Tuesday, TRANSCOM J9 held their latest Stop Movement call with Services and industry representatives. A number of different issues were discussed.
  • USTC J9 Stop Movement/COVID-19 Call (21 April)


    Apr 22, 2020 — USTC J9 held their Stop Movement Update call on April 21. USTC Deputy Commander, VADM Mewbourne was on the call, along with the J9 Director, Rick Marsh, and a number of the J9 staff.
  • Modification and Reissuance of DoD Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Travel Restrictions


    Apr 20, 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).
  • Inactive boxship fleet to surpass 3m teu for the first time


    Apr 8, 2020 — The sudden massive volume of blanked sailings announced in recent days is set to create new records in terms of the inactive containership fleet, which analysts at Alphaliner are now saying will breach the 3m teu mark for the first time meaning some 13% of the entire global box fleet will be out of work. The inactive containership fleet had actually been dropping for most of the last month having hit a record of 2.46m teu at the start of March.
  • Joint Association Letter – Emergency Financial Support Needed for the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3)


    Apr 7, 2020 — IAM and AMSA signed a joint letter to the USTC Commander, GEN Stephen Lyons, asking for any advocacy/assistance he could provide for this industry to work with DoD to get financial support.
  • COVID-19 Relief Package Clarification


    Apr 7, 2020 — For companies whose operations have been curtailed or otherwise impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions, several clarifying guidance and forms were issued over the weekend, connected to programs created under the first three legislative relief packages to pass the Congress.
  • 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.
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  • 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.