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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.