ePortal Mar. 3, 2021

March 03, 2021

In this Issue:

  • IAM Publishes White Paper on Current Supply Chain Issues
  • AFW Scholarship Now Accepting Applications
  • Argentine Customs Update
  • Upcoming and Recent IAM Learning Sessions
  • U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Advances Inquiry into Detention and Demurrage Fees
  • IAM Podcast Features Members
  • New Members for March
  • Alleged Debtor List

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IAM Addresses Supply Chain Woes in White Paper

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IAM Publishes White Paper on Current Supply Chain Issues

This paper, “,” details the impacts each of you are facing when trying to transport your client’s goods worldwide. Skyrocketing freight rates, port congestion, and container / equipment shortages are just some of the factors contributing to this global crisis.


The intent of this paper is to expound on the wide-ranging impacts of this global crisis on the moving industry and its corporate, government, and private moving services consumers. It is IAM’s hope that this will lead all parties to have a better understanding of the problem and promote a collaborative environment where key players can find answers and solutions to this complex issue.


Special thanks to Jason Will of Asian Tigers, Carl Häggström of Classic Moving and Storage, Tony Tickner of The Eurogroup, and Jim Nance of Southwest Port Services in providing feedback and insight on this issue.

AFW Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers’ scholastic assistance initiative. Named for distinguished Association founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, the fund benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as students. The AFW Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of US $5,000 each to students who are pursuing degrees in logistics and transportation. The application deadline is May 1.

Argentine Customs Update

On March 2, Lift Van International shared through LACMA that due to the government imposing taxes on outbound moves, shipments from the country have almost entirely stopped.

IAM Learning

Upcoming and Recent IAM Learning Sessions

If you have not been watching , there is a lot going on you should know about.


Upcoming Sessions:

Recent On-Demand Sessions:

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Advances Inquiry into Detention and Demurrage Fees

By Brian Limperopulos

Thank you to IAM's external government affairs consultant, Bryan Vickers from Pace LLP, for providing a write-up for IAM Members. As IAM has previously reported, member companies and the broader shipping community continue to contend with congestion issues at US ports of entry. Delays and congestion are leading to more frequent and higher charges of detention and demurrage, which has been further exacerbated by the global shipping crisis.

IAM Podcast Features Members

The is going through a constant evolution and has recently featured a number of IAM members. Georgia Angell recently led a discussion with some members about the . Enterprise Database Corporation turned 20 years old and representatives talked about . Wonjun Jeong of Supermove, a new IAM member, .


Do you want to be on the podcast, or do you have a good idea for a topic? Also, and let us know what's going on in your area.

IAM Mobility Exchange

New Members for March

Every month, IAM publishes . This is the list of your new business partners brought to you by IAM. Click on the map above to get a better view of where your new colleagues are.

Alleged Debtor List

IAM keeps a list of companies that have been alleged to have unsettled debts with other member companies. , as it is updated often. In addition, check the lists of and .



Member News


Passing of George Fouch

George Fouch of Rainier Overseas Movers Inc. passed away on Feb. 27. The family is celebrating his life next week by invitation only, with very limited attendees due to the pandemic.


From his Hall of Honor bio: "George Fouch has been active in local, intrastate, interstate, and international moving for the U.S. military as well as the corporate and private sectors for over 50 years. During that time he earned a reputation as a leader and innovator, contributing to many advancements in the industry."

Farewell, Bill Beuthin

From Val Prinsep:

William (Bill) Beuthin passed away on February 20th in Chantrigné, France at the age of 79. Bill began his business career with North American Van Lines International in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with industry stars like Tom Harris and Roman Hildt. After a period with the company in Munich, Bill headed the very successful Beirut office, where his wartime escapades with Val Prinsep were the foundation of a lifelong friendship and partnership. Never comfortable with humdrum living, Bill developed the moving markets in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and afterwards became the co-founder the very first branch of Worldwide Movers Africa in Tanzania which, with his guidance, has grown into 18 countries across the African continent. Intrepid travelers, he and his wife, Myriam, visited too many moving convention cities to mention and places extraordinarily remote. Never forgetting the smallest needs of staff, Bill’s experience, twinkling eye and universal kindness will be sorely missed by the entire Worldwide Movers Africa team, friends and colleagues around the globe. Bill is survived by his wife Myriam and children Eric and Greg and grand-daughter Maxine. A truly remarkable gentleman.

Passing of Luciana Ventura

From Cliff Williamson of Transpack Argentina S.A.:

It is with enormous sadness that I and the members of the Transpack Argentina S.A. Team inform you of the passing of Luciana Ventura, our dear dedicated employee, and friend of more than 30 years. She passed away on Sunday, February 14th in the morning, suffering a long battle against lung cancer and its complications. She fought hard for life which she loved, undergoing both chemo and radiation treatments. To the very end, she believed she would conquer the disease and return to work. She is survived by her son Lucas, aged 17, and her sister Maria Pia and brother Pablo.


It seemed like Luciana was born into the moving business. She started working as an operations assistant at age 17, hired by Carlos Barrandeguy, founder of Transpack Argentina. She became an expert in Argentine Customs and international shipping. She loved the business and loved most of all the opportunities the moving industry provided to travel and befriend moving colleagues around the world. She had many friends in many countries and was thrilled whenever she was able to see them and speak to them personally. In recent years, she participated joyfully in the LACMA Next TECHO Project, constructing homes in humble neighborhoods, and returning home with blisters, bruises, tears, and smiles.


She adored her son Lucas. She was a die-hard River Fan, and she was extremely proud of her work and her vast knowledge of the moving business. No task was too challenging; without hesitation she would pick up the phone and start in immediately, working to solve even the most difficult problems.


Luciana will be missed by so many, and we ask that you remember her as she was in life, a fierce fighter for quality and transparency, for fairness and kindness. If you were her friend, you could be assured of her loyalty and support through the best and the worst of times. Rest in peace, Luciana. We mourn your loss.

EDC Turns 20, Gets involved in COVID-19 Rapid Indicators

Representatives from recently spoke on about the company's 20-year anniversary, as well as their new projects, including their foray into .

Aspire Welcome Back Jönsson

Leading Danish international moving company have announced the appointment of Martin Jönsson as International Business Intelligence Manager.


Reporting to Group Director Sara Lyrum Kronkjaer, Jönsson will lead a team of 3 people working on meeting the demands of clients for reporting, expense management, tracking and future development of these services.


“We are very excited to have Martin back at Aspire Mobility Group,” said Sara Lyrum Kronkjaer. “Martin is very focused on the structure of figures and data. With the need for data increasing in many ways, we are focusing on how it can benefit both clients and partners which is of great importance to us at Aspire Mobility Group.”

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