ePortal Dec. 8, 2021

December 08, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Proposed Measures to Minimize Pest Contamination of Containers and the Potential Impact to the Global Moving Industry
  • 2022 IAM Membership Renewals
  • IAM's New Strategic Plan: Why Does It Matter For My Company?
  • Upcoming Sessions in IAM Learning
  • Your Portal Magazine: Upcoming Topics
  • Canada Customs Updates
  • Supply Chain Update
  • Executive Committee Meets in Alexandria
  • Damas Bayanga Joins Leadership Alliance Council
  • IAM's Holiday Schedule
  • Wreaths Across America's new partnership ahead of big December campaign
  • New Members for December
  • Alleged Debtor List

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2022 IAM Membership Renewals; Pest Contamination of Containers

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Proposed Measures to Minimize Pest Contamination of Containers and the Potential Impact to the Global Moving Industry

The FIDI Global Alliance (FIDI) and the International Association of Movers (IAM) are closely monitoring a set of measures proposed by the World Shipping Council to the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.


These measures aimed at minimizing globally pest contamination of containers and their cargoes would ultimately be detrimental to the international moving industry by shifting the responsibility for the condition of an empty container to the ‘shipper’ who in many cases is the moving company on an international shipment. These measures would apply to all sea containers packed or empty.

2022 IAM Membership Renewals

IAM invoices were emailed to each member company's billing point of contact on Dec. 2. The 2022 IAM membership renewal invoices are due by Jan. 2.


Your IAM membership is a mark of professionalism and demonstrates industry leadership to government agencies, customers, and the global network of household goods transportation companies. There has never been a better time than now to take advantage of the top resources IAM provides. Members can now access the largest collection of training and development resources through IAM Learning library to help you meet your 2022 training and development goals. Contact with any questions.

IAM's New Strategic Plan: Why Does It Matter For My Company?

IAM recently completed and last week, Brian Limperopulos conducted a webcast meeting for members to better understand how IAM is going to better serve members in the future. From our new vision, mission, and values, to our key strategic initiatives that will drive industry change, we want you to know what the association is striving to achieve, as well as enlist your support and advocacy for the change needed to build a better global moving industry.

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Upcoming Sessions in IAM Learning

have proven to be a big hit and have been valuable in communicating important news, perspectives and insights to members and other industry members. We are starting to schedule sessions for the new year, but for now here are the sessions scheduled for the remainder of 2021:

Your Portal Magazine: Upcoming Topics

Have you ever written an article or contributed some information for the Portal Magazine? It's like free advertising, whether you are contributing to a story, writing one of your own, or simply submitting company news. Here's what is in store for the next issue:


January/February (Deadline: December 15, 2021)

Global Mobility Trends from 2021 and Lessons for 2022 and How They Apply to Movers of All Kinds

It has been almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic set in on a global scale. This feature will discuss what has happened in the mobility industry over the past year, how companies have adapted and continue to adapt to the realities of change in the economy and the workforce, and trends and practices that we see shaping up in 2022.

Canada Customs Updates


When , they must be cleaned and accompanied by a certificate of fumigation. Although this rule has been in effect for almost ten years, it’s never been enforced by .


Therefore, it is now imperative that all shipments destined to Canada that have not yet been packed be cleaned and fumigated prior to shipment or leave the mattress behind. Details of the fumigation procedure used and a statement certifying that the procedure was carried out must accompany the shipment. We are working with our supplier partners to find solutions for shipments enroute.

Supply Chain Update

You don't need IAM to tell you that there is a serious problem in the supply chain. Everyone is trying to get containers from here to there, assuming they can get containers, and whether going by sea, land, or air, it is hard to move anything, and when you do, you can easily encounter extra costs that you have to pass on to the customer. Nobody is happy. It is expensive and time-consuming. When will the situation get better? According to some, . Others say that .

Executive Committee Meets in Alexandria

IAM's Executive Committee is meeting today for the second and final day. Many thanks to all who serve in leadership roles on all committees, and thanks to the EXCOM for providing important strategic leadership. In the photo: Steve Cox, Ray daSilva, Ben Scheiner, Mike Richardson, Stephan Geurts, Sheena Kiser, Julia O'Connor, Catherina-Celeste Stier, Brian Limperopulos, Jake Pieroni, Charles White, John Burrows, Daniel Bradley, and Christopher Lantz.

IAM Learning

Damas Bayanga Joins Leadership Alliance Council

Congratulations to Damas Bayanga of , who was recently selected to be on the . Leadership teams should be made up of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences who bring varied viewpoints to the table. IAM’s Leadership Alliance Program will be designed to help individuals enhance their leadership skills and help organizations build dynamic leadership teams. Thank you for volunteering, Damas!

IAM's Holiday Schedule

The IAM office will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Staff will return to the office on Jan. 3.

Wreaths Across America's new partnership ahead of big December campaign

Nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) has inked an agreement with the International Association of Movers (IAM), whose members have long supported Wreaths' mission by hauling of veterans’ wreaths across the country. The new agreement between the two groups outlines five key elements. These include setting a cadence of regular meetings to share opportunities and develop tools to support each other’s initiatives, encouraging IAM member involvement in helping to move the mission, and sharing the stories of members giving back in their communities.

New Members for December

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



Member News


Passing of Charles P. Alles

From Jayne Alles: "On Sept. 10, 2021, passed away. He was the sole stockholder, employee and general manager of Fidelity Forwarding Int'l, Inc. The company is in the process of winding down. All invoices have been gathered and payment amounts will be calculated as a percentage of amount owed since there are not enough funds to pay all invoices in full. I am working with an attorney to get the amounts calculated and checks drawn. Payment will be in US dollars as I do not know how to pay in Euros. Hopefully, payment will be mailed around the middle of December. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience this causes you, but I doing my best to close the business in my husband's absence. Thank you."

Melcon Celebrates 19 Years

is celebrating 19 years of serving customers. The team is headed by Dennis de Guzman, Managing Director, supported by industry veterans who have an average of 15 years experience in relocation, records management, distribution, brokerage, art handling and warehousing. Melcon is headquartered in Taguig City and has satellite offices in Cebu and Davao.

James Kalasarinis Joins Attica Movers

in Athens, Greece is pleased to announce that James Kalasarinis has joined their team as the General Manager as of the 1 December.


“Attica Movers is excited to welcome James as the newest addition to our team” said Georgia Kasimati, CEO of Attica Movers. “ He will be a valuable asset for our company with his knowledge and experience in the moving and relocation industry. “


“ I am honored and excited to join the Attica Movers team and serve in this important role. I look forward on working with this team of people who are extremely passionate about providing first class customer service.” said James.

Vinelli & Scotto Move to New Office

From Laura Busettini of : "Our new address from Dec. 9 will be: Via dei Trasporti, 24, 20060 Vignate MI. Contact phone numbers will remain the same (+39039647440) but from Dec. 9 we will also have this new number:+39 02 92958950. We will keep you informed about any change in our legal entity. For the time being, Vinelli&Scotto entity will remain the same. Until Dec. 31, Renata and I will continue to be V&S owners. From Jan. 1, the new owners will be Fercam but the legal entity will remain, at least in the first months of the new year."

Gerson Relocation announces the appointment of Sarah Jones as pricing and vendor manager

Sarah joins at an exciting time following the company’s recent rebranding and further expansion. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge gained over 19 years in the relocation industry, which will be put to good use in building positive long-term relationships with the supply chain that supports the London-based company.

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