ePortal Apr. 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

In this Issue:

  • The 2021 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo Website is LIVE
  • Upcoming IAM Learning Sessions
  • DAB Members - Where are they?
  • The Rising Star Award
  • Scholarship Deadline Approaching - Apply Now for $5000 Award
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Approves Issuance of an Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas
  • Daniel B. Maffei Designated as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission
  • 18 Companies Set To Join IAM on May 1
  • Alleged Debtor List

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Annual Meeting & Expo Website is LIVE

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The 2021 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo Website is LIVE

We are excited to bring you the industry's largest event in person once more, with robust virtual content for those who are unable to travel.


contains all of the information you need concerning registration, exhibits and sponsorships, the agenda, the conference hotel, and more. Review it today and bookmark it for easy reference.


Key Dates

  • May 31: Registration and hotel reservations open for ALL attendees; exhibit sales open for Governing Members only
  • June 7: Exhibit sales open for ALL members
  • July 2: Early Bird registration discount ends for Core and Supplier members
  • Sept. 7: Raffle deadline for the Ultimate IAM VIP Experience (Complete your fully-paid registration by September 7 for your chance to win!)

Upcoming IAM Learning Sessions

is your first stop for critical industry education and compelling topical updates and discussions with industry leaders. Here are some don't-miss sessions coming up:

Also, don't miss the various and the free course on sponsored by

IAM Young Professionals

DAB Members - Where are they?

IAM has listed 84 members of the . To become a member, your company has to be an IAM member based in the U.S., have assets (truck, warehouse, etc.), and . This is an exciting, dynamic group that is making connections and doing business together. and click on the map below to see where all the companies are.

The Rising Star Award

group has instituted a new award. will recognize 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.

Scholarship Deadline Approaching - Apply Now for $5000 Award

The 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 June 1.

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Approves Issuance of an Additional 22,000 H-2B Visas

Visas would be for the Second Half of FY 2021 (April 1 - Sept. 30)


IAM has been following this issue closely, as the domestic household goods moving industry frequently utilizes this critical temporary workforce program, particularly during the peak moving season. In its announcement, DHS reminded applicants that employers seeking H-2B workers must first test the U.S. labor market, and certify in their petitions that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work for which they seek a prospective foreign worker.


In addition, the visas will only be made available to employers that are willing to attest that, if they do not receive workers under the cap increase, they are likely to suffer irreparable harm. DHS will issue a temporary final rule (likely next month), which will provide additional information on the visa process, and specific approval requirements. IAM will provide that information to members when issued.

IAM Learning

Daniel B. Maffei Designated as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei has been designated as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. The designation was made by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on March 29, 2021. Chairman Maffei is a sitting member of the FMC and replaces Michael A. Khouri in the role of Chairman.

18 Companies Set To Join IAM on May 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. Check the frequently, as it is updated often.



Member News


Orphee Beinoglou Group Launches Logistics Park

Orphee Beinoglou Group has launched the Orphee Beinoglou Logistics Park, completing a 2-year investment plan. The logistics park has a total area of 45,000 sq.m. The OB-logistics team has designed innovative applications for better e-commerce customer service, with highly specialized 3PL technologies to improve the end-user experience, but also for optimal feedback to the client.

Yembo Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

From Siddharth Mohan at Yembo: It's our 5 year anniversary and I am super thrilled to share that we've closed a $8.5M Series A financing round, led by Chris Barrow and John Polchin of Imagen Capital. This will help Yembo further invest in R&D for our moving and relocation customers as well as take our industry-leading AI technology into the property insurance industry for underwriting inspections and property claims.

DN Van Lines Qualifies as FMC Licensed Ocean Freight Forwarder

Janet Turner, Director of Corporate Relocation, received a letter from Aline Hull, Director – Office of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries of the US Federal Maritime Commission on April 19, 2021 granting DN Van Lines the Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) License, officially making DN Van Lines an Ocean Freight Forwarder. Any company that holds itself out to the public offering to engage in the international ocean transport and forwarding of household goods and personal effects must be a holder of this license.

Masons Moving Group Moved COVID Beds

Masons Moving Group in Wales recently completed the moving and storage of beds, equipment and PPE to the new Lakeside Wing based at The University Hospital Wales. The company has played an integral role in the rapid response needed to combat COVID-19.

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