Industry News

  • California Closes Out Legislative Session


    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.