ePortal Newsletter August 3, 2018

August 03, 2018

In this Issue:

  • Did You Know that IAMX Search Results Now Include Country Guides?
  • With More than 2100 Downloads, IAM Mobile 24/7 is Your Best Tool for Mobile Connectivity
  • New Sessions Planned for the Annual Meeting
  • The 5K Fun Run Returns to the Annual Meeting
  • Benchmark Your Processes Against the PCGs
  • IAM-YPs – send us your stories!


Did You Know that IAMX Search Results Now Include Country Guides?

When you search for companies in IAMX by location using the "Where?" box, your results page now includes a link to the IAM Country Guide for that country. If you're not familiar with , they provide customs information for more than 170 countries and territories around the world. These comprehensive guides help ensure that customs processes go as smoothly as possible for both the mover and the moving customer.




With More than 2100 Downloads, IAM Mobile 24/7 is Your Best Tool for Mobile Connectivity


The has been downloaded more than 2100 times. Have you already downloaded it? You might be missing out if not. It incorporates the most-used portions of the IAM website and has special functions for the Annual Meeting. Download it today at the or . Contact .


New Sessions Planned for the Annual Meeting

IAM will be finalizing its program shortly for the . Before that though, we want to ensure that you keep your schedules free so you do not miss these great sessions:

  • Knowledge Lab: The IAM Mobility Exchange: What’s New and How Your Company Can Utilize it to the Max. October 6, 2018: 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Knowledge Lab: Future of Technology in the Moving and Mobility Industry. October 7, 2018; 10:00 – 11:00 am

More details will be coming out soon.


The 5K Fun Run Returns to the Annual Meeting

Hit the ground running at this year’s Annual Meeting and join us for the return on the 5k Fun Run while raising money for two great causes, IAM and .


The race will be held on Thursday, October 4, at 3 p.m. and .


Benchmark Your Processes Against the PCGs

The FIDI Professional Cooperation Guidelines (PCGs) serve as an operational manual and best practices document for how companies in the moving industry should work together to service international shipments, whether as booker, origin, or destination agent. By adopting the PCGs, IAM is making this resource available to IAM Members.


IAM encourages each Member company to read through the PCGs and acknowledge that it will agree to abide by these principles at a minimum. Companies with validated listings on the IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX) can upload their completed acknowledgement form to the platform.


IAM-YPs – send us your stories!

In the Annual Meeting edition of The Portal, IAM-YPs have their eyes on the future. What are their goals, and what steps are they taking to ensure their success? If you’re an IAM-YP, share your story with us!


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Member News


2018 survey ranks Arpin Van Lines #1 household goods mover in satisfaction

Arpin Van Lines has been rated #1 among the nation’s largest suppliers of household goods shipment services, ranked by “net satisfaction” and “top-block service.” That is according to independent research firm Trippel Survey & Research, LLC©’s 24th Annual Nationwide Relocating Employee Survey©, released this month. In February, Arpin Van Lines was ranked first in supplier satisfaction by a separate Trippel survey.


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Industry News


FedEx Express is enhancing its services into and out of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with the introduction of a new flight connecting the city to the FedEx APAC Hub in Guangzhou, China. This new route will significantly improve transit times for all inbound flights to Hanoi, and enable next-business-day delivery within Asia for the first time.


A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.


“Cautious investor sentiment towards greenfield container terminal projects” could lead to steeply increasing box terminal utilisation and a possible decline in port productivity. According to Drewry’s latest five-year container port demand forecast, volumes are set to increase on average by just under 6% a year. This would add 240m teu to global container port throughput by 2022 – 45m teu a year – “broadly equivalent to the size of the world’s largest container port, Shanghai”.


With today marking four months since full enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a number of truck drivers still say there are problems with ELDs in use and the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules that are their foundation.


As of 1 August 2018, Customs Authorities in China will accept electronic documents (eDocs) at the point of Customs declaration, and will not longer require paper documents as a strict prerequisite for clearance.


The government has announced plans to implement the “First Port Duty Rule” in Ghana’s ports by the end of the year to tackle increasing smuggling arising from diverted transit goods supposedly meant for landlocked countries.


Various maritime management solutions are cropping up in the industry and help connect shippers, maritime carriers, and their affiliated partners, improving efficiency and visibility across the supply chain. Regardless of this, the industry continues to be bogged down by red tape and as the number of parties involved in a single transaction increase, stepping up the need for accountability is vital.


Uber announced July 30 that it was, for now, parking its effort to develop commercially viable self-driving trucks in order to focus on bringing autonomous cars to its service.