• Proposed Measures to Minimize Pest Contamination of Containers and the Potential Impact to the Global Moving Industry

    Dec 8, 2021 — The FIDI Global Alliance (FIDI) and the International Association of Movers (IAM) are closely monitoring a set of measures proposed by the World Shipping Council1 to the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. These measures aimed at minimizing globally pest contamination of containers and their cargoes would ultimately be detrimental to the international moving industry by shifting the responsibility for the condition of an empty container to the ‘shipper’ who in many cases is the moving company on an international shipment. These measures would apply to all sea containers packed or empty. IAM and FIDI are providing this information to their memberships to raise awareness regarding these proposed measures and provide available resources. Even if the proposed measures are not adopted, national governments are committed to stopping the spread of invasive pests and new requirements are inevitable. While these requirements may not be adopted, movers worldwide should be prepared to take greater steps to prevent the spread of invasive pests.