ePortal Newsletter September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

In this Issue:

  • The Biggest Conference in the Industry Set For Next Week
  • FMC Postpones Comment Deadline on New Rules
  • New Rule May Require Transferees to Verify ID
  • Passing of Jack McGrath
  • Cartus Launches Innovative Small Shipment Solution:MicroMove

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The Biggest Conference in the Industry Set For Next Week

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The Biggest Conference in the Industry Set For Next Week

What’s In Store for the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo


IAM is excited to welcome members to the Windy City next week. We have a great event planned for all of you and want to call attention to some of the highlights:

Annual Meeting 2019

FMC Postpones Comment Deadline on New Rules

“On Sept. 13, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) published on its website the to address future demurrage and detention disputes brought before the commission by the container shipping industry.” After some industry pressure concerning the timetable to submit comments on this proposed rulemaking, the FMC decided to postpone the deadline for comment submission until October 31.

New Rule May Require Transferees to Verify ID

IAM encourages U.S. Members to review by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and provide us with feedback. We are concerned that the proposed rule would place a further burden on transferees moving to the U.S. "Specifically, the proposed rule would at a minimum require customs brokers, at the time they obtain a valid POA needed to transact customs business on behalf of an importer client, to collect...a recent credit report."

IAM Mobility Exchange

Passing of Jack McGrath

From the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association:

We are extremely saddened to report that Jack McGrath has passed away last night. We were informed that he was first diagnosed last week with Pancreatic cancer.


Jack McGrath is current Director for the Pennsylvania Moving & Storage Associates. Jack previously served as NJWMA Executive Director from 1986-2001. Prior to his career as Executive Director with NJWMA, Jack owned and operated his own moving company in NJ.


Jack is well respected in our Industry nationwide. He will surely be missed.

Cartus Launches Innovative Small Shipment Solution:MicroMove

Cartus Corporation, a Realogy Company and the market leader in global mobility, today announced the company’s latest innovative product offering: MicroMoveSM—a solution to the growing volume of U.S. domestic transferees who have less than 5,000 pounds of household goods.

IAM Learning


Member News


Santa Fe conclude agreement on divestment of its relocation business

Santa Fe Group A/S has today divested its subsidiary Santa Fe Group Limited, which holds the group's relocation activities, to Santa Fe Intressenter AB, a company controlled by Lazarus Equity Partners with support from Proventus Capital Partners.


The sale includes the total debt to Proventus Capital Partners, thus ending the company's previously announced financial challenges.

Rakesh Thapar, Ph.D., has joined Aires as Vice President, Product and Technology

Aires is pleased to announce that Rakesh Thapar, Ph.D., has joined the company as Vice President, Product and Technology. In this newly created role, Rakesh will be responsible for overall information and business technology leadership, focusing on Aires technical strategy, architecture growth/transformation, and IT operational excellence.


Dr. Thapar brings more than 30 years of information technology experience and leadership to Aires, having gained increasing responsibility throughout his career. He most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer for a Pittsburgh area software firm.

Asian Tigers Mobility Japan appoints new Managing Director

Eric Lim, Chairman of Asian Tigers Mobility Japan, is delighted to announce the appointment of Tomomi Fujita as the Managing Director of the company who will lead the company effective September 1, 2019.


Tomomi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and has a Japanese teaching certificate. After graduation from University in Tokyo, Tomomi moved to Oregon, USA as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Oregon. There she learned English as her second language and learned first-hand what the challenges are to live overseas in a foreign country.

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