ePortal Mar. 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

In this Issue:

  • The Suez Canal Incident, Global Logistics, Supply Chain, and More
  • Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the Hall of Honor
  • Port of Montreal sees drop in shipments amid ongoing labour dispute
  • Contribute to the Portal magazine! Focus on Technology in the Moving Industry
  • YPs Host Chuck Kuhn Next Week
  • U.S. DAB Group Meets at Dispatchers Convention
  • Help Keep IAM Country Guides Current
  • Jamila Kenney Promoted
  • The Rising Star Award
  • 23 Companies Set To Join IAM on April 1
  • Alleged Debtor List

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The Suez Canal Incident, Global Logistics, Supply Chain, and More

With all the technology we have, and all the scientific and engineering marvels we have seen improve our lives, consider that global shipping and commerce can still be seriously disrupted by a strong wind, as we recently saw in the Suez Canal. It can be derailed by a fast-spreading virus, as we have seen for more than a year now.


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Last Chance to Nominate Someone for the Hall of Honor

was established to pay tribute to those Industry leaders whose careers reflect exceptional and distinguished service to their companies or the Association, or who have worked to elevate the Industry as a whole. Since its inception, .


The deadline is April 1.


Nominations for this distinguished group may be submitted by IAM Members and Non-Member Stakeholders alike.


, which includes pictures of all the inductees over time.

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Port of Montreal sees drop in shipments amid ongoing labour dispute

Shipping volumes at the Port of Montreal are dropping amid the spectre of a potential strike, Maritime Employers Association president Martin Tessier says. Volume at the port has dropped 1.8 per cent since the start of 2021, Tessier added, as customers look to other ports to ship to and from. The union representing 1,125 longshore workers and the employer concluded a seven-month truce on March 20.

Contribute to the Portal magazine! Focus on Technology in the Moving Industry

In our upcoming May/June issue, the Portal will address the subject of technology in the moving and forwarding industry—and we want to hear from you, the people who work tirelessly to innovate technology solutions and implement them into their business practices.


This is an open invitation to veteran technology users, developers, and pioneers in the moving and mobility industry to talk about how technology continues to transform our business.


YPs Host Chuck Kuhn Next Week

The IAM Young Professionals (IAM-YP) are excited to host a conversation with industry leader, , from , on Ben Cross’ show next Wednesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. EDT.


Chuck will discuss how he approaches the concept of sustainability with his businesses and why to invest in sustainability in the first place. He will also provide insight into how he thinks moving companies around the world can implement sustainable practices within their own companies and what leadership qualities are required to drive this change.

U.S. DAB Group Meets at Dispatchers Convention

IAM’s Management Board participated in the Dispatcher’s Convention in Austin, TX last week. Many of the DAB Management Board members hosted an open bar social hour Friday night, open to all convention participants. The DAB group was spun up over the last year, so this was the first in-person meeting they had been able to coordinate, and they look forward to future meetings as the pandemic gets under control. If your company U.S.-based and has assets (warehouse, trucks, crews etc.), you need to look into this group. today to learn more.

Help Keep IAM Country Guides Current

provide customs information for more than 170 countries and territories around the world. Detailing the documents needed for duty-free import and the specific policies of a country/territory, these comprehensive guides help ensure that customs processes go as smoothly as possible for both the mover and the moving customer.


IAM encourages members to review the Country Guides for the country where they are based. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for updates, please contact IAM Vice President .

Jamila Kenney Promoted

IAM's Jamila Kenney, with 16 years at IAM, was recently promoted to Deputy Director of Finance & Administration. IAM staff are all proud of her hard work and dedication that have brought her this far. “Jamila is a key contributor to IAM’s success. In her new role, she will continue to provide invaluable support to IAM Staff while helping lead forward new initiatives like the IAM Leadership Alliance,” said IAM President Chuck White.


Please join us in congratulating Jamila on her preferment!

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The Rising Star Award

The group has instituted a new award. will recognize an IAM-Young Professional (IAM-YP) member who embodies the mission of the IAM Young Professional community. Nominations will open on May 3. The individual receiving this honor may be selected for a wide range of achievements, but overall, will have distinguished themselves through a commitment to professional development, networking with the young professional community, or engaging in philanthropic activities impacting the global moving and mobility industry.


Start thinking about this now. Who do you see as a YP Rising Star?

23 Companies Set To Join IAM on April 1

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



Member News


Suddath Acquires Daryl Flood Inc.

According to a news release circulated today, “Suddath …has acquired Daryl Flood Inc. (DFI). Effective today, March 31, 2021, the stock-purchase sale includes all of DFI’s operating companies…” The news release highlights the magnitude of this acquisition when it states that, “Combined, the two companies boast more than 140 years of operation and leverage 45 U.S. and international locations with nearly 3.5M sq. ft. of warehouse space.”

Hilldrup Promotes Matt Caler to Director, Client Services

Hilldrup is pleased to announce that Matt Caler, now Director, Client Services, based out of the Stafford Corporate Headquarters, has been promoted. Matt has been a part of Hilldrup’s management team since joining our organization in 2015. Previously, Matt served as Manager, Client Services where he served as a subject matter expert and resource for Hilldrup clients of all industries and sizes. Matt is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where he obtained his bachelor of science degree in business administration. He holds both his Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Employee Relocation Council’s Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations as well.

Damian Aebischer becomes shareholder of Packimpex Ltd.

Packimpex is pleased to announce that our CEO Damian Aebischer has become a shareholder in Packimpex Ltd. This significant step underlines Damian’s long-term commitment to Packimpex. It is the logical next step in the successful and long-standing business relationship between majority shareholder and Chairman Marcel Jörg (left) and CEO Damian Aebischer. Under the leadership of this duo, Packimpex has evolved into a thriving relocation company that has meanwhile grown well beyond the borders of its home market of Switzerland.

Juan Herrera Returns to JK Moving Services

JK Moving Services has announced the return of Juan Herrera to the company as international relocation consultant. Juan Herrera JKJuan previously worked for the Virginia-based company between 2015 and 2019 as a move consultant before joining insurance firm Willis Towers Watson as client services manager for marine insurance. Juan said he was keen to return to the moving industry and was looking forward to the increased responsibility his new role involved.

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