Apr 18, 2022
— IAM is pleased to provide the following comments and responses to questions posed within Docket 22-04, which requests input on metrics, standardization, and information around detention and demurrage (D&D) billing practices. We are also providing additional perspective regarding the significant impact these charges have long had on the HHGs moving industry, which follow the relevant questions posed.
Mar 9, 2022
— Earlier today, the U.S. FMCSA issued amended current regulations to eliminate the requirement that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers annually.
Mar 2, 2022
— In February, the U.S. FMCSA issued new guidance designed to safely increase the future available pool of CDL-qualified drivers into the marketplace. The guidance permits third-party testers to administer the knowledge portion of the CDL, without a state examiner needing to be present.
Jan 5, 2022
— The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued three policy statements on December 29, 2021, that are intended to provide further guidance to shippers who are looking to bring complaints against shipping lines and terminal operators.
For many IAM members and international moving companies, it has been a challenging time dealing with the vessel and terminal operators here in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic. With this new guidance and the prospective passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, the U.S. Government is the closest it has been in a long time toward rebalancing more power toward shippers. IAM will continue to review this information further and provide updates.
Nov 22, 2021
— Last week, the Administration offered its support for the IAM-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA), which would improve fairness, establish boundaries and set metrics for fees often incurred by the household goods and broader global shipping community. Support for the legislation has grown to 74 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nov 4, 2021
— It appears from multiple sources, that the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) will soon announce its decision to re-award the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC), this time to HomeSafe Alliance. Per their website, “HomeSafe was formed to become the exclusive move management provider to the Department of Defense (DoD) in anticipation of the GHC award.
Nov 4, 2021
— This morning, the Biden Administration released details on far reaching requirements surrounding mandatory vaccinations (or weekly testing) for private-industry covered employers with over 100 or more employees, beginning January 4th. The rule, which will soon be published in the Federal Register by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is the second Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to be issued regarding COVID-19 workplace requirements (the first set of requirements were generally limited to the healthcare sector).
— This morning, the Trump Administration announced that community and minority owned lending institutions may begin processing PPP loan applications this Jan. 11. The program will initially reopen for first-time borrowers, and for second-time (aka "second draw") borrowers application processing to begin on Jan. 13.