ePortal Jan. 7, 2022

January 07, 2022

In this Issue:

  • FMC Issues Guidance for Frustrated Shippers
  • 2022 IAM Membership Renewals
  • United Van Lines 45thAnnual National Movers Study Reveals The Top States People Moved To and From
  • New IAM-YP Board Members
  • Venue Change for 2022 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo
  • FMC investigates Wan Hai over detention charges
  • Hall of Honor Call for Nominations
  • Coming up at IAM Learning
  • 8 Companies Join IAM This Month
  • Alleged Debtor List

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FMC Issues Guidance for Frustrated Shippers

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The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued three policy statements on December 29, 2021, that are intended to provide further guidance to shippers who are looking to bring complaints against shipping lines and terminal operators.

 

For many IAM members and international moving companies, it has been a challenging time dealing with the vessel and terminal operators here in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic. With this new guidance and the prospective passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, the U.S. Government is the closest it has been in a long time toward rebalancing more power toward shippers. IAM will continue to review this information further and provide updates.

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2022 IAM Membership Renewals

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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 membership@iamovers.org with any questions.

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Portal Magazine

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In every issue of the Portal, we invite our authors to share their experiences, success stories, learning experiences, and vision with others in the moving and forwarding industry. In addition to our regular columns, feature articles for each issue are united by a central theme. 

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United Van Lines 45thAnnual National Movers Study Reveals The Top States People Moved To and From

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United Van Lines released the company’s 45th Annual National Movers Study today, which indicates Americans were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year.

The annual study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ state-to-state migration patterns, determined Vermont as the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration (74%) with United Van Lines. Topping the list of outbound locations was New Jersey (71%), which has held the spot for the past four years.

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New IAM-YP Board Members

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Welcome to our newest IAM Young Professional (IAM-YP) Management Board members! Vivek Pawar of Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons WLL - Alghanim Freight; Heidi Liou of Supermove, Inc.; Anu Dattani of Universal Relocations Inc.; and Luis Holst of Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc.

 

Does your company have employees under 40? Get them involved today!

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Venue Change for 2022 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo

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Due to problems related to the ongoing pandemic and follow-on issues, the Seattle location will not be ready for the IAM Annual Meeting. As a result, IAM has chosen to hold our 2022 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will be held Nov. 2-5, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, located less than 12 miles (19 km) from the Atlanta International Airport.

 

We are incredibly excited to have found such a fabulous location on such short notice. Atlanta is a city going through an incredible resurgence and is one of the most exciting cities in the southern portion of the U.S. Atlanta is home to more than six million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

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FMC investigates Wan Hai over detention charges

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The FMC contends that Wan Hai invoiced a customer at least 21 times in the spring of 2021 for detention charges when the carrier “either offered no return locations, the designated terminal was not accepting the containers’ chassis, or appointments were unavailable for the subject containers,” according to the FMC’s order of investigation and hearing. The customer provided Wan Hai with screenshots verifying these restrictions and requested a waiver.

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Hall of Honor Call for Nominations

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The Hall of Honor was established in 2008 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, many deserving individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Honor. Nominations for this distinguished group may be submitted by any IAM member, client or customer.

 

If you have a suggestion for someone who should be in the Hall of Honor, fill out the nomination form. Nominees do not have to be from IAM members companies and do not have to be still living to be awarded.

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IAM Country Guides

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IAM’s Country Guides provide customs information for more than 170 countries and territories around the world.

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Coming up at IAM Learning

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A number of sessions are currently scheduled and mroe are being planned to help IAM members learn what they need and to make connections to help them do business better. Currently in the lineup and ready for your registration:

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8 Companies Join IAM This Month

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Every month, IAM publishes a list of new members. 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.

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Alleged Debtor List

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IAM keeps a list of companies that have been alleged to have unsettled debts with other member companies. Check the Alleged Debtor List frequently, as it is updated often.

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Member News

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Olivier Jourdan is appointed as Chief Commercial Officer at Santa Fe Relocation

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Yann Blandy, CEO of Santa Fe Relocation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Olivier Jourdan in the role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective from the 1st of January 2022. Olivier has close to 20 years of experience in Global Mobility Sales and Sales leadership. He started his Global Mobility career in China in 2003 and moved to Hong Kong in 2008. Olivier joined Santa Fe in 2015 and was instrumental in driving Commercial activities, growth, and retention across the AMEA region. In early 2020, Olivier also took on the Global Head of Sales role for the Moving services division.

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Asian Tigers Korea Promotes Saenah Song to Chief Executive Officer

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Asian Tigers Korea has announced the promotion of Saenah Song to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

 

Saenah began her career with Asian Tigers in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles in the operations, business development and agent relations within the company over the past 18 years. "Accepting this new role is both humbling and a privilege. I take comfort in knowing that Joseph has already accomplished the hard part and laid down a solid foundation from which to build on for the future. The mission for all our team members remains the same as day one, to continue serving our clients, colleagues, agents and partners with the utmost care and professionalism.", she said.

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Hilldrup Corporate Team Provides Boxes for SCPS Winter Meal Kits

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Recently, Hilldrup's Stafford office was offered the opportunity to support our friends at Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) with their winter break meal kits by providing boxes to help organize, label and distribute food to those most in need over winter break.

 

For two days, students and staff at the Alternative Paths Training School carefully sorted and packed 16,000 pounds of food items – enough to serve 630 families in need! The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank kindly provided the food donations which would go into each meal kit that would be packaged in Hilldrup’s boxes for further distribution.

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Johnson Storage & Moving Co. Reacts to Fires in Colorado

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Due to the recent fires in northern Colorado, Johnson Storage & Moving Co. is offering discounted services to the residents that these fires have impacted and donating a part of our profits to the Red Cross of Boulder, Colorado.

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