ePortal Nov. 24, 2021

November 24, 2021

In this Issue:

  • DoD’s long-delayed household goods moving contract faces yet another protest
  • Maintain Your IAM Membership
  • Portal Magazine Online Now!
  • IAM Office Closed Nov. 25-26
  • Biden Administration Offers Endorsement of Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA)
  • European Industry Faces New COVID Wave
  • U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Signed Into Law
  • Take the Liability, Transit Insurance & Claims Management Course at no Charge to You!
  • Supply chain problems show signs of easing
  • Speaker Submissions are Open for the 2022 Leadership Webinar Series
  • Videos from 2021 Annual Meeting Now Available
  • Welcome Morgana Somers, IAM's new Programs Coordinator
  • The 'Great Migration' during Covid may not have actually happened
  • New President Takes the Chair at BAR
  • 12 Companies Set To Join IAM on Dec. 1
  • Alleged Debtor List

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DoD’s long-delayed household goods moving contract faces yet another protest

The Defense Department’s ambitious effort to restructure the military’s household goods moving system faced another potential setback Tuesday as a losing bidder lodged a new legal challenge to the multibillion dollar Global Household Goods contract (GHC). American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC), one of the losing bidders in the latest GHC competition, said it had filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office. The filing asks GAO to recommend overturning the $6.2 billion award DoD made earlier this month to HomeSafe Alliance, LLC.

Maintain Your IAM Membership

Voluntary Contribution Requested from Governing Members


IAM membership runs on an annual subscription basis that coincides with the calendar year. The new year is almost upon us, which means that it is time to pay dues. The Core Member dues increased to $995 USD and Supplier Membership increased to $770 USD. This represents a $45 USD increase in these two categories.


IAM’s staff and the Executive Committee have conducted discussions recently regarding strategies to help restore the financial reserves of the Association. A plan has been formulated which includes a number of initiatives that we believe can help reestablish the reserves needed to help support the continuation of the mission of IAM into the future. One key piece of that strategy, which was championed by IAM’s Immediate Past Chair, Tim Helenthal, during the last month’s Governing Members' meeting, was a call for a one-time financial assessment of the Governing Members.

Portal Magazine Online Now!

Your is now online! This issue's feature story is a full retrospective of the 59th IAM Annual Meeting & Expo which was held in October in sunny Orlando, Florida.


As always, the Portal also contains insights and updates about IAM's programs and services, breaking news from member companies around the world, and a comprehensive look at IAM's ongoing advocacy efforts.

IAM Office Closed Nov. 25-26

The IAM office will be closed on Nov. 25 and 26 in celebration of the American Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to the office after the weekend, on Nov. 29.

Biden Administration Offers Endorsement of Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA)

Support for Shipping Community Includes Request to Review Ocean Carrier Alliances


Last week, the Administration offered its support for the IAM-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA), which would improve fairness, establish boundaries and set metrics for fees often incurred by the household goods and broader global shipping community. Support for the legislation has grown to 74 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

European Industry Faces New COVID Wave

The moving and relocation industry in Europe is facing further challenges as governments across the European Union introduce restrictions to try to limit the latest increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.

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U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Signed Into Law

Landmark Legislative Vehicle Includes Several Motor Carrier Provisions


Last week, President Biden signed into law the roughly $1.5 trillion Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act, informally referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure bill. In addition to $17 billion for U.S. port of entry investments, the bill includes significant and increased funding for roads, bridges, broadband and other infrastructure elements. Of interest to IAM members, the approved legislation incorporated the INVEST in America Act, also known as the highway reauthorization bill.

Take the Liability, Transit Insurance & Claims Management Course at no Charge to You!

We are grateful to for sponsoring our course on , which allows us to present this valuable course without charge to IAM Member Companies. Units include these topics:

*Introduction to Liability, Transit Insurance & Claim Management

*Carrier Liability

*Transit Insurance - Introduction

*Transit Insurance Terms & Conditions

*Claims Handling


Supply chain problems show signs of easing

Global supply chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they don’t expect a return to more normal operations until next year and that cargo will continue to be delayed if Covid-19 outbreaks disrupt key distribution hubs.


Still, executives and economists say strong consumer demand for goods in the West, ongoing port congestion in the U.S., shortages of truck drivers and elevated global freight rates continue to hang over any recovery. The risk of more extreme weather and flare-ups of Covid-19 cases can also threaten to clog up supply chains again.

Speaker Submissions are Open for the 2022 Leadership Webinar Series

has selected four topics for the 2022 leadership webinar series, based on feedback from IAM membership. If you are interested, or know someone within your organization who is interested in serving as a panelist or moderator for a leadership webinar, please complete the . The form will allow you to submit information and details about the panel/event you would like to serve on. The topics scheduled for 2022 include:


  • DEI: Inclusion—what does it look like?
  • Effective Communication
  • Motivation and Employee Development
  • What it's like to work for a family-owned business


For questions, please contact .

Videos from 2021 Annual Meeting Now Available

If you missed this year's Annual Meeting, you missed out on a lot of important meetings and exciting learning opportunities. The good news is that they are now available on IAM Learning, for you to view at your leisure, whether you just need to re-watch it, or you missed it entirely. , as well as the .

Welcome Morgana Somers, IAM's new Programs Coordinator

Morgana has nearly two decades of experience in the logistics industry. She has a deep understanding of global relocations, freight forwarding, and customer service. Additionally, Morgana is passionate about education and has enjoyed facilitating industry related trainings, learning sessions, and relocation panels. She remains an active member of IAM YP and is the past President of the FIDI39 Club.


Morgana has Egyptian roots and an international upbringing. She attended the University of Reading in the UK, where she earned a BS in Psychology and also speaks Dutch fluently. Currently Morgana resides in Clearwater, Fla. with her husband Matt & 2 children (Aydin & Adira).

The 'Great Migration' during Covid may not have actually happened

Flows of migrants out of high-cost, large metro areas did increase during the pandemic. However, many other types of moves, both long distance and local, declined. Summing all these moves reveals that, overall, fewer people relocated during the first year of the pandemic.

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New President Takes the Chair at BAR

This summer, Mark Chudley was appointed president of BAR, taking over the reins from Ian Palmer at the end of his two-year stint in the president’s chair. David Jordan, Deputy Editor of The Mover Magazine, talked to Mark about his new job and what he hopes to achieve.

12 Companies Set To Join IAM on Dec. 1

Every month, IAM publishes . 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. frequently, as it is updated often.



Member News


Shyft opens office in Tel Aviv

Shyft is thrilled to extend our reach and connect with this thriving startup community and would like to invite you to join in celebration for Shyft's Happy Hour at the Whiskey Bar and Museum in Tel Aviv on Nov. 16.

Santa Fe launches new service to serve personal moves

, the newest arm of Santa Fe Relocation, is a relocation company set up to handle personal moves of all sizes, from local or international.

Santa Fe Relocation has New London Headquarters

Effective Nov. 1, Santa Fe Relocation's company address has been changed to:

Santa Fe Relocation

1 Lyric Square


W6 0NB

United Kingdom


This change applies for all three UK entities, i.e., Santa Fe Group Ltd., Santa Fe Services (UK) Ltd., and Santa Fe Consumer Ltd.

Verhuizingen Meys becomes part of the Gosselin Group

On Oct. 26, Marc Smet (CEO of Gosselin Group) and Erik Meys (CEO of Verhuizingen Meys) reached an agreement in principle for the acquisition of Verhuizingen Meys and Meys Vastgoed based in Brasschaat by the Gosselin Group (Deurne). The employees and assets will be acquired by Gosselin and will fall under the Gosselin Group’s international moves division.

FERCAM strengthens its market position in the removals and relocation sector

The South Tyrolean logistics company FERCAM has concluded a preliminary agreement aimed at acquiring, under the terms of the agreement signed between the parties, the company Vinelli & Scotto based in Venaria, near Turin and with a branch in Concorezzo, specialized in international removals and relocation.

Arpin International Group's Virtual 5K Raises $1,090 to benefit Sarah's Circle

Arpin International Group is pleased to announce that its recent Virtual 5K Run raised $1,090 to benefit Sarah’s Circle, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Located in Chicago’s Uptown community, Sarah’s Circle has supported thousands of women since 1979.

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