eGov/Mil Newsletter: Sept. 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

In this Issue:

  • The IAM Annual Meeting & Expo Means Growth for Your Business—In-person OR Virtual!
  • IAM Joins Transportation-Focused Trade Associations and Companies in Support of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021
  • Learn How to Save Your Company Money
  • European Shipping Community Raises Concerns Over Rising Costs
  • New USTRANSCOM Commander, Gen. Van Ovost - SASC Hearing; Advance Policy Questions
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (21 Sep)
  • COVID-19 - Workplace Update: Biden Executive Order (EO) Spotlights Incoming COVID-19 Requirements for Employers, Employees and Contractors
  • USTRANSCOM Fall Personal Property Forum (PPF) 15-16 Sep; Session Notes
  • USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (7 Sep)

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New USTRANSCOM Commander, Gen. Van Ovost; Fall PPF Session Notes

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The IAM Annual Meeting & Expo Means Growth for Your Business—In-person OR Virtual!

Come to the to gain new business opportunities, share experiences with industry-leading professionals, and showcase your company within the IAM network.

 

This year's Annual Meeting will be held both in-person and virtually. We know there are many barriers to travel at this time, so for those who can't attend in person, here are just a few compelling reasons to attend the IAM Virtual Conference:

 

1. Flexibility

Choose the topics and speakers that match your company’s goals. In addition, you'll be able to access the videos of the sessions up to 30 days after the conference is over. Sessions will include a wide variety of panelists from both commercial and government backgrounds to discuss industry trends, regulatory changes, and answer your questions. The insights from these sessions will be invaluable to your company as the industry transitions to a new environment after COVID. The biggest RMC and government bookers will be attending and speaking–can you afford not to be there?

 

2. Background research and efficiency

In a virtual event, instead of scheduling a one-to-one meeting with everyone who signed up, you can find out more information about each person in advance, schedule only the most promising meetings, and save time. The IAM Events App is a powerful meeting platform. It gives you the ability to pre-qualify attendees and gather more information on your potential customers.

 

3. Connections beyond just business cards

Virtual meetings help build personalized connections. Lasting connections rarely start with an exchange of business cards. They allow for uninterrupted communication in the comfortable setting of your home or office.

 

The connections you make at the Annual Meeting can last a lifetime; take a look at the to see the names and companies who have already registered. (Use the passcode IAM2021Florida)

 

 

Can't make it to a session? No worries--all sessions will be recorded for viewing at your convenience.

IAM Joins Transportation-Focused Trade Associations and Companies in Support of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021

Landmark legislation is one of several actions recently taken to address shipper concerns

Last week IAM, alongside dozens of industry stakeholders, joined a letter of support for H.R. 4996, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA). OSRA focuses on a number of areas important to the household goods shipping community, including detention and demurrage billing practices, burden of proof for charges assessed, and increased regulatory authority for the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in order to regulate the ocean carrier community.

Learn How to Save Your Company Money

Everyday, your company provides services for a fellow IAM Member. In almost every case, your company is paid and everyone is happy. But what happens when you don’t get paid?

 

One of the most valuable benefits IAM provides is the Receivable Protection Program - A service designed to resolve delayed or defaulted payments between members. Whether IAM intervenes with another member to get you paid, notifies you of which IAM members are not paying invoices, or reimburses you for bad debts owed by defaulting members, the RPP delivers considerable value – more than $200 per member annually.

 

We encourage you to join us for this interactive conversation to learn more about the program and how we can improve it for each of you.

European Shipping Community Raises Concerns Over Rising Costs

Highlighting the global concerns regarding rising shipping costs and liner practices, nearly a dozen European-based shipping and forwarding companies wrote to , requesting formal action be taken. While the European Commission has not acted on shippers' requests to date, they have stated their intent to continue and will monitor for evidence of anti-competitive behavior.

New USTRANSCOM Commander, Gen. Van Ovost - SASC Hearing; Advance Policy Questions

IAM has received word that GEN Lyons’ replacement as the USTRANSCOM Commander (Gen Van Ovost) will have her confirmation hearing this Thursday, 23 September.

 

In preparation for that hearing, Gen Van Ovost received advance policy questions from the Armed Services Committee. Of note, questions and her answers pertaining to the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) start on page 11. Her comments appear to be very much in line with GEN Lyons’ past comments on the GHC.

 

Assuming Gen Van Ovost is confirmed (and not aware of any reason she wouldn’t be), we’ve heard rumor her change of command would be in early October.

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (21 Sep)

Please see attached and from the 21 September USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call. Of note, two updates were provided of significance. First, the current COVID international transit times will continue on beyond 30 September. And the liftvan/packing surcharge will be extended until 31 December. The USTRANSCOM Deputy Commander, VADM Mewbourne was on the call and mentioned that the Senate Confirmation hearing for Gen Van Ovost (who will replace GEN Lyons as the USTRANSCOM Commander, if confirmed) is 23 September; and if all goes as planned, they expect the change of command to occur 15 October.

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COVID-19 - Workplace Update: Biden Executive Order (EO) Spotlights Incoming COVID-19 Requirements for Employers, Employees and Contractors

On Sept. 9, the Biden Administration issued a far-reaching Executive Order (EO) focused on COVID-19 requirements for several employment sectors. The most significant of the directives is a requirement that companies with 100 or more employees either ensure their employees are either vaccinated OR provide proof of at least a weekly COVID-19 negative test result, prior to an employee entering the workplace.

USTRANSCOM Fall Personal Property Forum (PPF) 15-16 Sep; Session Notes

USTRANSCOM hosted a two-day Fall Personal Property Forum attended by industry, the USTRANSCOM Staff, Service Headquarters representatives and various Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) and Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO) representatives. USTRANSCOM presented information contained in each of the slide decks included in this update. There were a broad number of topics covered over the two days. Very little was definitively decided in terms of which of the proposed 2022 business rules would be implemented.

USTRANSCOM J9 Conditions Based Movement Call (7 Sep)

Please see attached and from Tuesday’s USTC industry/Services/JPPSO call.

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