Sep 30, 2020
— The M/V YM Mandate is docked at the Global Container Terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey. According to a U.S. Coast Guard statement on the incident, the National Response Center contacted Coast Guard Sector New York watchstanders on Monday reporting a sheen near the vessel.
Sep 28, 2020
— The result of the ongoing port congestion has seen the surplus of empty containers tied up in Sydney increase from 30,000 TEU/equivalent to 50,000 TEU/equivalent, with container empty parks full and vessels banked up waiting for a berth at the Port of Sydney.
Sep 24, 2020
— The European moving industry could be in for delays of up to two days at the Port of Dover following Brexit, after a meeting this week between transport leaders and the UK government was described as a “washout”.
Sep 24, 2020
— Governor Signs a Range of Legislation, Endorses a Significant November Ballot Initiative.
IAM closely followed the recent close of the California state legislative session, as several pieces of legislation that passed could impact nearly all IAM member companies with locations and businesses in the state. These high profile bills pertain primarily to employment, as the legislature grappled with several issues surrounding how businesses can safely operate within the context of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
— 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.
— 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.