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IAM meets with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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IAM President Terry Head, and Programs Manager Brian Limperopulos met with CBP officials at their headquarters in Washington D.C. on Monday, April 16, 2012, to discuss customs issues facing the moving industry. The agenda of the meeting specifically focused on the distribution of personally identifying information (PII) by CBP to companies who market it online; CBP intensive examination procedures; and future CBP initiatives that may affect our industry.

For more information on the distribution of personally identifying information (PII), check out the IAM standardized Web form on how to request confidentiality. CBP officials agreed that they are reviewing the regulation that permits this distribution but advised that they are constrained in this effort by existing statutes that mandate this distribution by the U.S. Congress. As a short-term solution, IAM's standardized Web form will remain as a resource for our members, and we will look to expand awareness of this issue by partnering with the Federal Maritime Commission in their ongoing efforts to educate consumers who are preparing for international shipments. IAM will also explore the feasibility of amending the statute that permits this distribution through legislative action.

Regarding CBP's intensive exam procedures, IAM has been soliciting information on the issues our members face when shipments are selected for examinations by U.S. Customs through our Intensive Exam Survey. We presented the preliminary findings of our ongoing survey to CBP and expressed our goal of reducing damages and ancillary expenses for customers whose shipments are examined. CBP stated that they share the same goals and discussion centered on how to achieve them. IAM looks forward to continued dialogue on this issue and an expansion of the cooperative efforts we share with Customs and Border Protection in order to accomplish its mission, as well as IAM's goal: minimal economic and operational hindrances to the international moving industry, as well as to the customers we serve.

In recognition of the value of a partnership with our industry, CBP officials agreed to hold quarterly meetings with IAM to facilitate an ongoing dialogue and work towards resolving these issues and any that may come up in the future. To assist IAM Staff with this effort, please fill out the ongoing Intensive Exam Survey whenever your client has their shipment selected for examination, and notify us of any issues with CBP by contacting Brian Limperopulos at brianl@iamovers.org.




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 IAM Announcements


Important message concerning Echo Trans World and Unity Van Lines
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IAM staff has received a number of complaints recently regarding both Echo Trans World and Unity Van Lines. It should be noted that these companies share similar staff personnel and are current IAM Members.

These complaints allege that Echo Trans World / Unity Van Lines have failed to pay their just obligations, deal fairly with customers and abide by all lawful agreements to which they are a party. If proven true, these alleged abuses would constitute breaches of the IAM Code of Ethics.

In addition to these alleged complaints, both Echo Trans World and Unity Van Lines have been recommended for expulsion by a current IAM Member because of their alleged failure to pay monies due to that member for services performed at its request. Last, they have been included on the IAM Alleged Debtor List that is circulated to RPP participants for the past several months.

Echo Trans World and Unity Van Lines have been and will continue to be afforded the right to defend themselves against these allegations. However, IAM staff has a duty to protect the collective membership as well as the reputation of the Association in case these allegations are true. Therefore, it was necessary to communicate this information to the membership.

IAM will update the membership should there be any new developments. In the meantime the Association recommends you confirm all previous quotations and arrangements with these two entities, and exercise your best judgment in conducting future shipments.


The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) launches redesigned website
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The FMC has unveiled a new and improved website. The design fulfills one of the recommendations put forth by Commissioner Michael A. Khouri in his Final Report concerning the FMC's fact-finding investigation into Potentially Unlawful, Unfair or Deceptive Ocean Transportation Practices Related to the Movement of Household Goods or Personal Property in U.S.-Foreign Oceanborne Trades.

The new website will enable the shipping public to more readily access information concerning the international movement of household goods and personal effects to and from the United States.


Reminder: AFW Scholarship Fund application deadline is May 1
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10 lucky students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship this year. Will someone associated with your company be one of them?

In 2012 the AFW Scholarship Fund will award 10 scholarships, of $5,000 each, to assist the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents with college or university tuition. This benefit is also available to Student Members of IAM.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, go to www.afwscholarship.org. Please note that the scholarship deadline has changed. All applications must be received by May 1, 2012.

At present, we are experiencing technical difficulties with the online submission Web form. While IAM works to fix the problem, please download the application at the following link: http://www.afwscholarship.org/pdfs/scholarship_application.pdf

Once completed, please scan and email it to Brian Limperopulos at brianl@iamovers.org or fax it to his attention at +1 703 317 9950.


"Rising Stars — Women Influencing the Industry" now available online
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The online version of the May/June issue of The Portal is now available. Focusing on women, the Rising Stars issue features input from more than 60 women who describe their experiences working in the moving, forwarding, relocation and transportation fields.

The July/August issue of the magazine will focus on leadership – the characteristics of a good leader, what makes a good leader, and leaders among our IAM ranks. For more information and guidelines for submitting a submission, click HERE. The deadline for submissions is May 18.


IAM represented at the CMSA 94th annual convention
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IAM President Terry Head represented IAM as a speaker at the 94th annual convention of the California Moving & Storage Association, held April 10-15 in Sparks, Nevada. Mr. Head discussed the current state of the U.S. military moving program DP3 (Defense Personal Property Program) and issues such as Peak Season, the Business Case Analysis, and Regionalization. He also participated in the Military Breakout Session, moderated by PJ Welch, Cardinal Van & Storage, which included Matt Connell, Total Military Management; Steve Vockell, Suddath Van Lines; and IAM Vice Chair Peg Wilken, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, all IAM members.

The following day, April 14, Mr. Head gave a presentation on the role of IAM and the economic and trade issues that foreshadow changes in the international household goods transportation, moving, and relocations industries. To view slides from the CMSA presentations, please go to CMSA: International Forecast and CMSA: Military Panel.


Earth Day is April 22
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Each year on April 22, concerned citizens celebrate Earth Day, when events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries. For more information and tips on what you can do to "think green," visit http://www.earthday.org/. More


 Industry News


Bill would expand FAA fatigue rules to cargo pilots
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Air cargo pilots, not just passenger plane pilots, would be subject to tougher regulation aimed at reducing fatigue in airline operations through a bipartisan-backed House bill. Reps. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn, and Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., introduced the bill to require cargo pilots to take eight hours of rest between shifts when the overall Federal Aviation Administration rule takes effect on Jan. 14, 2014. More

Night flight ban means cargo continues to fall at Frankfurt Airport
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Cargo volumes at Frankfurt Airport are in noticeable decline as the night flight curfew takes its toll at the gateway. According to the latest figures from Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, cargo volumes have dropped 12.2 percent at the gateway in the first three months of the year. More

Pirate attacks on bulk freight, general cargo and container shipping vessels
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Although attacks continue against all types of shipping transiting the waters of the Somali coast including bulk freighters, oil tankers and the occasional container ship it appears many of the current wave of attempted hijacks are against the easier shipping targets provided by smaller vessels particularly fishing boats. More

Analyst says Somali pirates have new weapons from Libya
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Somali pirates have acquired sophisticated weaponry, including mines and shoulder-held missile launchers from Libya, and are likely to use them in bolder attacks on shipping, a senior maritime security analyst said. More

4 things you need to know to control fuel costs
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Fuel costs are increasing by the day with no sign of letting up and these increasing costs along with inefficient asset utilization are having a dramatic impact on the margins of organizations with fleet operations. Fortunately, there are a number of initiatives fleet operators can implement now to quickly mitigate the rising costs of fuel. More

Cargo traffic jumps at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports
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A surge in cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has officials hoping that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining strength despite worrisome signs overseas. Combined, the neighboring ports handled more than 1.1 million cargo containers last month, an increase of 9.8 percent compared with March 2011. Much of the strength came from strong growth in imports, which were up a combined 12.8 percent for both ports compared with the same month last year. More

Timing your SEO efforts to rank during traffic peaks and spikes
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Some keywords have seasonal trending, search volume life-cycles, and hype spikes. When you need to rank during the peak of these trends, organic ranking requires you to do most of your work before the peak. Riding the waves of search volume hype is hard, but it can also be very rewarding. More

Port of Savannah, Ga., harbor deepening reaches major milestone
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After 15 years of study, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had released the final documents for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) for review by state and federal agencies and the general public. "The study released today clearly shows that the deepening of the Savannah port will produce powerful economic benefits to the nation and to Georgia," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. "Today marks an important milestone for the Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Georgia and the great number of Americans who will benefit from the project." More


 Member News


Re:locate Awards
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For the third year in a row, Move One has been nominated for the prestigious Re:locate Awards in the category Technological Innovation in Relocation. Getting onto the shortlist of nominees is an achievement in itself, and bodes well for Move One: For both previous short-listings, Move One has gone on to be honored with the actual award for Technological Innovation in Relocation.

The Trilogy Group sponsors cycling team Equipe CMI
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IAM member The Trilogy Group, a national and international shipping consultancy firm owned by Catherine Goodrum, announced it is sponsoring U.S.-based cycling team Equipe CMI. The team, which concentrates on UCI races worldwide with an international roster, has a full UCI calendar: Kicking off at the end of March is the 10 day Tour du Maroc, including races in the United Kingdom, eastern Europe, and Africa. The team's new title sponsor will enable Equipe CMI to increase its global calendar. "Having worked in an international industry, I really like the idea of supporting a young international team," said Catherine Goodrum. "The team abroad is also working with a couple of CMI-Trilogy team members in the U.S. to generate greater interest and more road cycling/events in the states."
 


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