ePortal Newsletter Nov. 6, 2019

November 06, 2019

In this Issue:

  • IAM Submits Comments on FMC Interpretative Rule on Demurrage and Detention under the Shipping Act
  • Are you Ready for the 2020 IMO Sulfur Cap?
  • New IAM Learning Course Free to IAM Members
  • Add Validation of Your IAMX Listing to Your Membership Dues Invoice
  • Dues Season is Upon Us
  • Wrap-up from the Annual Meeting

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IAM Submits Comments to FMC; Annual Meeting Photos Available

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IAM Submits Comments on FMC Interpretative Rule on Demurrage and Detention under the Shipping Act

recently regarding their . With respect to IAM Members and our clients, the FMC recognized the impact of government inspections, and is looking for answers as to how charges to the shipper can be fair when imposed. They are considering solutions IAM offered in its testimony last year, including capping detention and demurrage charges in the event of government inspection or extending free time in that same event. Stay tuned for more information on how the FMC rules from IAM.

Are you Ready for the 2020 IMO Sulfur Cap?

So what is IMO 2020?

On 1 January 2020, marine sector emissions in international waters must be slashed significantly. The marine sector will have to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 80 percent by switching to lower sulfur fuels. Low sulfur fuels are more expensive since they require more refining. Subsequently, those higher costs could be passed along in the form of higher freight rates.

IAM Learning

New IAM Learning Course Free to IAM Members

We are grateful to Reason Global Insurance, Ltd. for sponsoring our course on , which allows us to present this valuable course without charge to IAM Member Companies. Please share this with everyone at your company who needs to understand this aspect of the shipping process.

Add Validation of Your IAMX Listing to Your Membership Dues Invoice

To date, more than 850 IAM members have as an assurance and guarantee to their industry colleagues that qualifications displaying in their IAM Mobility Exchange profile have been documented, reviewed and validated.


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If you have been putting off Validation, you may find it convenient to have the annual Validation fee included with your IAM Membership renewal invoice.

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Dues Season is Upon Us

IAM Members will start receiving dues notices for the 2020 membership year beginning in early December. Your prompt attention and payment is appreciated. If you have questions, do not see your bill, or need anything else, please . We are always glad to help!

Wrap-up from the Annual Meeting

First of all, thank you to those who filled out the Annual Meeting survey we emailed. Your feedback helps us create even better meetings for you in the future. Our staff is dedicated to bringing you the best conference experience possible.

Photos from the Annual Meeting


Professional photos from this year's Annual Meeting and Expo are available from the three links below.


As in previous years, you can click on individual photos to view a larger version. You may peruse them all for your enjoyment and add your favorites to your shopping cart.







We hope that you will join us next year, on Oct. 21–24, 2020, when we meet at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California for IAM’s 58th Annual Meeting and Expo.



Member News


Robinette Named COO of Air Animal Pet Movers

Cory Baizan Robinette has been promoted to chief operating officer at Air Animal Inc. following an exemplary 30-year career with increasing responsibility for business operations as Air Animal flourished.


Robinette’s expertise in international corporate pet moves and all other aspects of the business led to the appointment, according to Walter M. Woolf, VMD, Air Animal founder and CEO. “Cory’s leadership in the management of the global pet move process for expatriate pet owners has earned her high marks and consistent 5-star Google reviews over the years. Her experience with all aspects of our business will be an asset to our executive team,” he said.

Coleman Worldwide Moving Announces New President & CEO

Coleman Worldwide Moving is pleased to announce the appointment of William Lacy Brakefield III as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. “Lacy” is replacing Jeff Coleman who is seeking the Republican nomination for Alabama’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.


Brakefield brings more than 30 years of experience in the household goods industry, including leadership on many industry boards and commissions. He previously served as Co-President of Coleman during the company’s most successful and profitable years.


Lacy is a graduate of the University of Alabama, majoring in Commerce and Business Administration. He is a Certified Moving Consultant, Certified Professional Mover and a former Commissioned Officer in the United States Army.


“We want to thank Jeff for his leadership and commitment to Coleman and wish him all the best as he seeks public office,” said John Coleman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “We look forward to the plans Lacy will put in place as we move into the future of our company and its role in the transportation industry.”

Momentous welcomes Maria Clarke

Momentous is extremely happy to welcome Maria Clarke to our specialist logistics business. Maria is working within our Client Services team supporting our Interior Design and Fine Art clients where she is responsible for supporting our customers with their FF&E logistics, transportation, storage and installation requirements.


With over a decade of project management experience in the hospitality, interior design and event logistics industries, Maria brings a great deal of experience to our team of in-house logistics experts.


Maria says, “I am extremely pleased to join Momentous and to be able to contribute to the business. We have some fantastic clients and I am really looking forward to supporting customers with their new and exciting projects.”


Maria will be familiar to many people within the logistics industry where she has become synonymous for her proactive approach to managing projects and high service standards. For example, Maria worked as a Project Manager for ISAF and London Olympics, managing many of the Olympic sailing team’s equipment and boat position requirements. She was also the Project Manager for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, managing their FF&E storage and installation requirements.

BOONMA Awarded Official Mover for STYLE Bangkok 2019

STYLE Bangkok is an international trade fair that offers all sorts of lifestyle products, e.g., gifts, home decor, furniture, fashion and more. The fair is a combination of three prestige international trade fairs: Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIFF & BIL), Bangkok International Gifts and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG + BIH), and Thailand International Furniture Fair (TIFF), which have all been well received for over 20 years.


"The fair is biannually held in April and October, and Boonma Expo Mobillity Team has been awarded to handle both events for this year." said Tiddy S. Teerawit, executive director.

Suddath Appoints Jana Lowenstein as Director of Business Development

Industry veteran will lead Suddath business development in the Midwest


Suddath has announced the appointment of Jana Lowenstein as director of business development in the Midwestern United States. In this new role, Lowenstein will focus on marketing Suddath’s global and domestic transportation products and services, along with driving continued growth.


“We are pleased to welcome Jana to our Suddath family,” said Gavin Bosco, vice president of household goods sales. “She has extensive experience in the relocation industry cultivated with invaluable knowledge and expertise across many different areas. I know that Jana will be a great asset to our team.”


Lowenstein is based out of Minnesota and brings more than 25 years of expertise in the relocation industry to Suddath, with previous experience in real estate, mortgage, transportation, client services and operations. Through her past leadership positions, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and insight that make her uniquely capable of navigating successfully through cyclical real estate, mortgage lending conditions and changes in the household goods industry.


Lowenstein holds several certificates and licenses, including a Missouri Real Estate License, Certified Relocation Professional designation from Worldwide ERC, Minnesota Real Estate and Broker’s Licenses, Global Mobility Specialist designation and a Global Mobility Specialist-Talent Mobility certification. Lowenstein is also involved in the local community. She is a member of the local Minnesota Employee Relocation Council, where she serves on the Conference Planning Committee. She is also an active volunteer, dedicating her time to HopeKids, Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest, Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer and Sports Minneapolis.

Atlas® World Group Announces two New Appointments to its Board of Directors

Atlas World Group, Inc., which is comprised of a portfolio of companies that delivers transportation and related services globally through a network of agents and select service partners, has announced recent appointments to its 14-member Board of Directors. Chris Niesner and Bill Paxton were elected by the Atlas® World Group stockholders at its September annual meeting.


“Our new board members offer unrivaled experience in the moving, storage and logistics arena and will be integral in shaping our company’s future,” said Jack Griffin, chairman and CEO of Atlas World Group. “With their passion and leadership, they will play an essential role in the effective implementation of our comprehensive strategic plan, known as Vision 2025.”

Paxton, COO of The Paxton Companies, a fourth-generation family-owned business providing superior relocation, information and logistics management services worldwide, began his career in the moving and storage industry over thirty years ago. As the Paxton Companies continue to grow and expand as a global service provider, so does his commitment to maintaining the highest industry standards. His dedication to this mission is exemplified through his involvement in community and industry organizations.


In addition to previously serving as an Auxiliary Board Member for Atlas, Paxton has been a member of the Board of Directors for AMSA and SALTA Group Captive for the past ten years. As a founding member of the Atlas Van Lines Best Practices Council, he demonstrates a strong commitment to the sharing of information to improve the network of agents. Paxton has also served on the FIDI USA Board of Directors since 2017, where he works with a cross-section of global mobility specialists from around the world.


Niesner is president and CEO of Specialty Moving Systems, one of the largest revenue-producing agents of Atlas World Group. The 37-year-old company provides customized and powerful supply chain solutions for products that require special handling for its clients. Niesner brings over three decades of experience in logistics and a passion for helping Atlas continue its dedication to making sustainability a priority. With the environmental influence of moving families and businesses around the globe, Niesner understands the impact of holding the company and agents accountable.


Niesner rejoins the Atlas Board of Directors after having served from 2011-2017. He has also previously served as an Auxiliary Board Member.

PAP MOVERS to Become PT.Logpro Indoexpress

Robert Pantoni writes:


We would like to announce to all of you that effective immidiately, our company name, PAP MOVERS will be changed to PT. LOGPRO INDOEXPRESS.


All our details such as office address, telephone number will remain the same.


New Email: robert@logprorelo.com

New Website: www.logprorelo.com


Even if you email to our old emails under PAP MOVERS, we still can receive them.

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