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.
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.
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 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 28, 2020
— Republican Leadership in the Senate released its proposal for legislation to address the health and economic consequences of the covid-19 pandemic this week. IAM’s Government Affairs team from PACE provided the following summary of those proposals.
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.
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.