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Tell IAM how your business is faring ... so we can improve our service to you
Each year, we survey IAM members in order to take a snapshot of the state of the industry. In particular, we are interested in finding out how our members are responding to the economic conditions of the past few years as well as how you are using digital media and mobile technology to reach new customers and efficiently conduct business. Please click on the link below to access the survey; it will take only 10 minutes to complete:

Click here to take the survey!

The information gathered through the survey will be used to set an annual benchmark for industry health and to identify where growth or stagnation is occurring. In addition, the information will be shared with the membership and posted in a future edition of The Portal Magazine. This survey should take roughly ten (10) minutes to complete.

If you are interested in the results of the survey so far, you can access the responses via the link below. The more members who participate, the more information we all can share.

Survey Results
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IAM ANNOUNCEMENTS


Registration open! REGIONAL IAM & ILN meeting in Belfast, UK
IAM is hosting a Regional Meeting in conjunction with the British Association of Removers (BAR) Annual Conference in Belfast, UK from May 18-20, 2015. The Regional Meeting will include business sessions and networking opportunities for IAM members and the IAM Logistics Network (ILN). Space will be limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Response and space availability will determine the number of attendees.

Before You Register:
  • Cost: The cost to attend the meeting is 520.00 GBP, which includes hotel accommodations for three nights (May 18, 19, and 20) and several meals over the course of three days.
  • Accommodations: The conference hotel is Hotel Europa in Belfast. Note: Your registration fee includes accommodations and books you as a Hotel Europa guest.
  • Meeting Agenda: To review the meeting agenda for the IAM/ILN meeting, go to Agenda.
  • Meeting Packages: On the registration site, you will see a number of packages — for the BAR event, the IAM/ILN event, for both BAR and IAM/ILN and other add-ons. To review the options before registering, go to Packages
  • Attendees: For a combined list of BAR and IAM/ILN attendees, go to Attendees
  • Registration: To register for the Regional IAM / ILN Meeting, click on the link below or from the BAR conference page. Note that when you reach the "Registration Items" screen, scroll down to see the "Full Package for IAM/ILN Seminar" with the corresponding price of 520.00 GBP. Select this item, or one of the choices below it that include add-on BAR events for additional cost.
Register NOW to Ensure Your Spot

Bar Conference
The BAR Annual Conference runs from May 21-23, 2015. As always, there will be a varied program of events combining the very best entertainment, business, and opportunities for socializing. BAR is extending a warm invitation to all IAM members to attend so those traveling to Belfast can experience two premier industry conferences in one location

Check here for further details on the BAR Conference. For further information or inquiries about the IAM Regional Meeting, contact Brian Limperopulos at brianl@iamovers.org.

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Join the fight against excessive costs at US ports
Are your clients' shipments incurring unnecessary costs or lengthy delays at U.S. ports? Do the customs authorities and their designated operators cause damages and, as a result, expensive claims payouts? Let us know your experiences with intensive examinations every time one occurs by filling out the U.S. Customs Exam Survey.

The data you provide will enable IAM to lobby for relief and provide a basis upon which we can work together to find solutions to these issues in the future. Please circulate this survey to all of your coordinators so they can report what's happening each time one of your shipments is selected by U.S. Customs. Your contribution will yield huge results in the long-term as we engage government agencies and the United States Congress on this issue.



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Need tuition assistance? It's never too early to apply for an AFWSF scholarship!
Each year, the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 scholarships to assist the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, and Student Members of IAM, with college or university tuition.

Click here for more information on eligibility and how to apply. Please note that all applications must be received by May 1, 2015. Would you like to donate to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund? Click here to make a difference in an IAM student’s life.

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Hall of Honor call for nominations
Do you know a true leader or innovator of the moving industry that you'd like to see honored? Are you an IAM member, client or customer? Great! You can nominate a deserving candidate for induction into the 2015 Class of the IAM Hall of Honor. The HoH nomination form is available online, with full instructions on completing and submitting a nomination. Nominations must be received at the IAM office no later than April 1.




We all have things to learn ...
Why not do it with a Mentor? Mentor Match, IAM's online networking and career development tool, helps employees of all ages and at all levels grow professionally through mentoring relationships with other IAM members. Learn more about Mentor Match on our website and register to participate through the IAM Social Café.


Jan. 31 Deadline — pay your membership dues online to stay current
Renewal invoices have been sent to all billing contacts, payable by Jan. 31. To meet that due date, we encourage you to pay your company's member dues online. With this one online invoice, you can pay IAM dues, and fees for IAM-YP membership, ILN membership, and International Shippers Association (ISA) membership — all with one credit card transaction.

If this is the first time you've paid online, you must request your login credentials. Just click here and follow the instructions for "New Customer." IAM will then email your company's login credentials to the email account on record in our database.

To pay membership dues online, using your username and password, go to: http://www.iamovers.org/Account/Login.aspx. Once you log in, click on your name and this will take you to the self-service portion of the website. From there, click on “pay open membership invoices” and follow the prompts to renew online.

If you have forgotten or do not have your user name and password, click the link below and follow the prompts to retrieve your information: https://online.iamovers.org/iamssa/ssaauthmain.forget_password?p_referrer=&p_context=CEN

If you need assistance, email membership@iamovers.org. We appreciate your support and are always here to assist you.

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Changes to IAM member dues structure reflected in 2015 invoice
To explain how the changes in the IAM member dues structure may affect your 2015 membership renewal, IAM created a set of anticipated questions and answers.


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Find an IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Member?
The new and improved ILN Online Directory is now available. You can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords to find potential partners for logistics projects.


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Request IAM, ILN, ISA, RPP & IAM-YP logos for my website and business cards?
Let business partners and clients know you’re a proud member of the industry's largest global trade association by displaying the IAM logo on your website, business cards and marketing materials. If you are ISA and/or ILN members include those logos in your request as well. To request a logo suitable for Web or print display, contact Membership@IAMovers.org.




INDUSTRY NEWS


Panama Canal gets 1st Pacific gate
World Maritime
The first gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal was installed on Jan. 19, bringing the Panama Canal Expansion Program to 85 percent completion mark.
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US West Coast marine terminals suspend vessel shifts to reduce backlog on Jan. 19
Global Transportation Services
Update: Terminal operators resumed daytime vessel unloading Tuesday after a one-day hiatus, but otherwise it was status quo at all U.S. West Coast ports.

U.S. West Coast marine terminals will suspend vessel operations on all shifts Monday, Jan. 19 so they can concentrate their resources on clearing containers from the dangerously congested facilities, the Pacific Maritime Association reported.

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Pirate threat to container ships and bulk freight vessels down to 8-year-low
Handy Shipping Guide
The annual report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows incidents of piracy in 2014 at its lowest level in eight years, with a total of 245 incidents recorded worldwide. Whilst the number of attacks have decreased for the fourth consecutive year, there has been a noticeable upward trend in the number of vessels successfully hijacked, with 21 in 2014 compared to 12 in 2013. This increase is attributed entirely to the rise in small coastal tanker hijackings in South East Asian waters in 2014 whilst the menace of Somali pirates against container and bulk freight vessels has reduced considerably thanks to Best Management Practices and a constant vigil by the world’s naval forces.
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FMCSA will help train police on truck traffic enforcement
Truckinginfo
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer at the agency, said the agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement and will launch the program Feb. 17.
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Diesel falls below $3 a gallon for 1st time since 2010
Transport Topics
The average price of U.S. diesel fell for the 10th week in a row, with the 12-cent decline Jan. 19 taking trucking’s main fuel below the $3-per-gallon level for the first time September 2010.
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2015 Young Movers Conference — Sofia, Bulgaria
The Young Movers Conference will take place April 16 -19, 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This event provides a great platform for young people, the future of our industry, to mingle and network with the aim to establish better working relationships across Europe.

The program concentrates on the future: future relations, future technologies, and future innovations. The world changes at a fast pace and our industry must learn to adapt to it faster and better. The conferences, meetings, discussions and professional training activities that the attendees will take part in will help them in their future decision making within their respective companies.

But of course, this is also a social event where young movers across Europe will be given the opportunity to discover one of Europe’s oldest cities, its culture, entertainment and amazing food. And it offers the opportunity to create and enlarge the own network within the moving industry.

Visit www.youngmovers.eu for further information and to register for the Young Movers Conference 2015.

Registration is open; early bird rate ends Feb. 15. IAM is proud to be a sponsor of the Young Movers Conference for the 6th consecutive year.

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MEMBER NEWS


Jim Petzel named chief operating officer of Unigroup Relcoation
Jim Petzel has been named chief operating officer for UniGroup Relocation, a global mobility company. Petzel will be responsible for delivering the first-class global mobility solutions UniGroup Relocation has become known for and expanding the company's growing customer base. He brings more than 30 years of experience in international relocation, most recently serving as president of global services for the Graebel Companies. Petzel's industry experience also includes serving as Chairman and Board member of global moving association FIDI USA.


Graebel Companies announces COO
CEO William Graebel SGMS has announced the appointment of Ron Dunlap PhD as chief operating officer for Graebel Companies, Inc. The announcement was made to the management and senior executive teams that assembled from the Company’s centers located around the globe for the annual Leadership Conference held at the world headquarters in Aurora, Colorado USA. From 2001 to 2008, Dunlap was with the third party management firm, Prudential, that was acquired by the Canadian-based company, Brookfield Relocation. There, he was vice president of quality prior to joining Graebel. Dunlap carries a doctorate in Experimental Psychology and Statistics from Texas Tech University.


New general manager of Gosselin Romania
The Gosselin Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Christinel Dinu as the new General Manager of Gosselin Romania. Dinu’s successful track record in the removals and relocation business development field, targeted at both the Corporate and Diplomatic markets, and demonstrated leadership and professionalism as Sales Manager with Interdean makes him an ideal candidate to take the helm of Gosselin Mobility Romania as General Manager. He will be based in the Bucharest office.


Robert Fletcher appointed group director, relocation & assignment management services for Santa Fe

Robert Fletcher will take responsibility for the continued development of Santa Fe's global solutions. With over 20 years of global mobility experience, Fletcher will focus on the consistent management and delivery of all relocation and assignment services. Fletcher is also currently serving as Chairman of the ERC Committee for EMEA and has been recognised with their Distinguished Service Award.
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