ePortal Newsletter: May 24, 2023

May 24, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Are Your Business Partners Who They Say They Are?
  • IAM Annual Meeting – Appointments Come to You!
  • Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed
  • FMC fines ONE and Wan Hai Lines $2.65mn
  • Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc.'s Memorial Day Match for the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund
  • IAM Participates in CMSA Meeting
  • FEDEMAC Announce New Board
  • Atlas Van Lines Annual Study Reveals Shifting Relocation Incentives, Newfound Workplace Autonomy
  • Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company
  • Upcoming Industry Events
  • IAM Membership Updates

Are Your Business Partners Who They Say They Are?

IAM occasionally receives complaints about business dealings with companies claiming to be IAM members, and even providing fake, doctored membership certificates. In a recent case, it turned out that the company not only had a fake IAM certificate, but certificates from other moving associations as well.


The best thing you can do to verify membership in nearly all associations is to check IAM's Mobility Exchange (IAMX), which will have the company's IAM certificate. If that company has validated their listing on IAMX, all their membership certificates will be available. In addition, see this list of companies that are misusing IAM's name or logo.


If your company has not yet validated its IAMX listing, this is the best way to showcase all your certifications, memberships and capabilities. Learn more about this program now.

IAM Annual Meeting – Appointments Come to You!

Experience the ultimate convenience by reserving a booth during the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo and have your appointments come to you. Elevate your networking opportunities and maximize your business potential in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 9-12.


Seamless Networking: Say goodbye to the hassle of scheduling and coordinating meetings in different locations.


Increased Efficiency: Save valuable time and energy by eliminating the need to navigate through crowds in search of your meeting partner.


Elevated Professionalism: Showcase your brand and services in a well-designed space.


Secure Your Spot Today | Exhibitor Floor Plan | Attendee List | Prospectus
*Attendee List Passcode: Toronto61


Please contact [email protected] with questions about the IAM annual meeting.

Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed

FMC fines ONE and Wan Hai Lines $2.65mn

A pair of ocean common carriers recently paid a total of $2.65 million in civil penalties and fines to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to resolve allegations of misconduct levied by the FMC’s Bureau of Enforcements, Investigations and Compliance.

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Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc.'s Memorial Day Match for the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund

Give Today!


You are hereby issued a challenge. Don Goldberg, Chair of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fundraising Committee and President of Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc., is matching donations made via the IAM website from May 22 through May 30 up to $10,000 USD.


You have never had a better or meaningful opportunity to donate. Let's make this happen!


The Benefits of Making a Gift

  • The opportunity to support the future of our industry through the industry training award, as well as the students who benefit from the scholarship.
  • Your name/company name listed in the Portal Magazine for a year from the date of donation.
  • Your name/company name acknowledged during the General Session at the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo.
  • A potential tax deduction (consult your local tax professional).


Make your gift go farther by donating now!

IAM Participates in CMSA Meeting

IAM President Charles White shared his “Old Man Vision of the future of the moving industry” to the California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA) conference. Dan Bradley, IAM's Director of Government & Military Relations, also hosted a session, moderating a panel on the U.S. Military move program and the upcoming transition to the Global Household Goods Contract. IAM Vice President Brian Limperopulos was also in attendance.

FEDEMAC Announce New Board

FEDEMAC has announced a new Board following the General Assembly that took place in Tallinn, Estonia, last week as the organisation that represents European national moving associations looks to the future.
FEDEMAC announced that Dana Dascalu will be joining the Board as Treasurer with the addition of Ian Studd and Roberto Megia Rodriguez. Previous members of the leadership team will remain in place with Bertil Durieux continuing as President along with Giulio Argiro, Aivars Usans, and Stefan Dimitrov.

Atlas Van Lines Annual Study Reveals Shifting Relocation Incentives, Newfound Workplace Autonomy

Atlas is pleased to present its 56th Annual Corporate Relocation Survey, the industry’s first and longest-running investigation into corporate relocation policies and practices. As they have done every year since 1968, they consider the demographic, geopolitical, and economic shifts affecting our industry. They analyze the findings and uncover the trends to understand the evolving challenges more clearly—and learn how we, as relocation professionals, can answer them.


Key findings include trends toward increasing employee relocations and relocation budgets, along with insights into economic and workforce impacts and evolving employee preferences. For this year’s complete survey results, visit the Atlas Van Lines Corporate Relocation Survey results online. A complete report booklet of critical findings, charts, and the comprehensive survey is also available for download here.

Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company

Stand out with the IAMTrusted Moving Company (ITMC) designation. Backed by a strict adherence to the IAM Code of Ethics and powered by the IAM Issue Resolution System, this innovative program assures prompt and fair resolution of issues raised against any company who has the badge on the IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX). The first phase of this initiative deals with member-to-member issues and this will build the foundation for a future phase focused on moving customers.

This is needed more than ever as rogue operators continue to scam unsuspecting customers. See the recent articles on moving scams in the US below.

Portal Magazine

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.


The theme: "Think globally, act locally" chosen by the IAM-YP Management Board encourages considering global consequences and making a positive impact in local communities.


Submit your story today for the upcoming edition of the Portal Magazine. Contact Portal Editor Will Kohudic if you have any questions or want to send him your article.

Upcoming Industry Events

Is your calendar up to date? See IAM's Events Calendar to stay abreast of the various conferences and industry meetings. Want to add an event? Contact IAM's Carl Weaver.

IAM Membership Updates


Member News

United Relocations Celebrates 15 Years of Excellence in Global Relocation Services

United Relocations, a leading provider of global relocation services, celebrates its 15th anniversary, marking a decade and a half of delivering exceptional solutions to clients worldwide. Established in 2008, United Relocations has been at the forefront of the relocation industry, offering seamless transitions for individuals, families, and businesses across the globe.

United Relocations goes beyond its core business to create a better world through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to support local communities. The company proudly supports projects like TCD Bann Nam Daeng, an educational institution for rural and disadvantaged children, and the Klong Toey Community Centre, which provides various services to underprivileged individuals in Bangkok's largest slum. Through ongoing support and donations, United Relocations strives to make a difference in these and other worthy initiatives.