ePortal Newsletter September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018

In this Issue:

  • Why You Can’t Find Your Colleagues in the Annual Meeting Attendee List
  • Donate now for a chance to win a free registration to next year’s Annual Meeting!
  • Customize your Profile in IAM Mobile 24/7
  • Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall Booths Sold Out
  • 500 Companies Validated on IAM Mobility Exchange
  • PAIMA 5th Annual Golf Tournament


Why You Can’t Find Your Colleagues in the Annual Meeting Attendee List

If you don't see someone in the list, that doesn't necessarily mean they're not at the Annual Meeting. This year, for the first time, attendees may choose not to have their name included on the as IAM seeks to protect your privacy and personal data.


Donate now for a chance to win a free registration to next year’s Annual Meeting!

Thinking of attending next year’s IAM Annual Meeting and Convention in Chicago? You could have the chance to win a free registration to the conference. For every $25 donated to to benefit you will receive one entry into a drawing for a free registration. All you have to do is visit and donate. The winner of the drawing will be announced at the Membership Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 6.


Customize your Profile in IAM Mobile 24/7

Make Your Profile Stand Out

A number of members have asked us how to make their profiles more robust so they can stand out in the mobile app and so people can recognize them. This is an easy process and very important to get the most out of your app and Annual Meeting experience.


Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall Booths Sold Out

Exhibit booths at this year's Annual Meeting have sold out, an indication that it's going to be a lively, exciting event. A few sponsorship opportunities remain, including conference bag inserts and mobile app push notifications; contact us at for details!


500 Companies Validated on IAM Mobility Exchange

IAM extends congratulations to Intermark Group, Inc. for becoming the !


PAIMA 5th Annual Golf Tournament

The PAIMA golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Laurel Hill Golf Course in Lorton, Virginia. PAIMA and IAM Members are Welcome. A bus will leave the Gaylord Hotel at 7:00 a.m. sharp. Tournament fees are $150 per person and club rental is $40 per person.



Recent Posts on




Member News


Arpin Group VP Mark Dearborn joins Marguerite’s Place board of directors

Mark Dearborn, vice president of global accounts for Arpin Group and president of Arpin Strong, has joined the Marguerite’s Place board of directors.

Marguerite’s Place, based in Nashua, New Hampshire, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the physical, emotional, educational, and social support services for homeless women with children to achieve and sustain permanent self-sufficiency.


Gosselin Group nv reorganises functions within Gosselin Logistics

Walter Van Mechelen joins the Executive Board


With the arrival of Dirk Vanhoutteghem as new shareholder and experienced logistics manager, the Board of Directors has decided to further reorganise to a clear customer-oriented structure.


In that aspect, it was decided to include Walter Van Mechelen in the “Executive Board” from September 2018. In this position Walter will be responsible for external relations like the port communities, VOKA, KKNA and other members/networks. The “executive board” will be responsible for the design of the vision of Gosselin Logistics.


Send your company news to for inclusion in the ePortal Newsletter.




Industry News


The International Longshoremen’s Association said that members at ports from Maine to Texas on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a six-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).


Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.


China's coastal cities are booming with shipping and manufacturing, but there's a problem — they're running low on space, pushing some manufacturing and logistics hubs to nearby satellite cities and to that big land mass with people and plenty of area for development: The interior.


South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels. Transnet aims to complete the work by 2023.


U.S. East Coast ports from South Carolina to Maryland were carrying on normal terminal operations Tuesday morning, although they are closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm, which is packing winds of 130 mph, is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday.


An ongoing Federal Maritime Commission investigation hopes to bring much-needed clarity to how marine terminal demurrage and ocean carrier detention charges are levied on shippers to ensure the nation’s oceanborne commerce moves efficiently.


According to international rating agency Alphaliner, the Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6 percent growth in container handling for the first half of this year, out of the top 30 global ports.


As the IMO’s sub-committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers meets in London this week, TT Club is demanding urgent action on container safety. The major problem is mis-declared dangerous goods, it says, and suggests it leads to a major container fire every 60 days on average.


The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) has produced a comprehensive report showing a total of 40 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia during the first half of the year, a 15% decrease when compared to the first six months of 2017 and the lowest number of incidents reported among the 10-year first half reporting periods between 2009 and 2018.


Online platforms may be improving freight forwarding’s front end, but those predicting the demise of the traditional operator may have overestimated the impact of technology.