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EDUARDO GOU DIED TODAY

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OMNI has just learned of the death of Mr Eduardo Gou, President of Mudanzas Gou, México. Eduardo died this morning (22 July 2014) at his home in Mexico City from lung cancer.  Eduardo was the third generation of his family to run the company that was started in 1900 by his grandfather Francisco.  He took over the running of the company in 1975 when his father, Eduardo senior, died.   Mudanzas Gou became a member of OMNI automatically when the network was formed in 1986 and was a founding member of LARM.   Eduardo was a frequent and regular attendee at OMNI conferences.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.     Photo.  Eduardo Gou pictured at his Mexico City office in 2004.

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NEWS FROM AIRES

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AIReS has announced three pieces of good news to brighten our days: it has made the EMMA shortlist; 21 of its staff have achieved their CRP designation; and the company’s latest Expatriate Trends Survey is about to be published.   EMMA shortlist AIReS was named among the finalist for the Forum for Expatriate Management’s EMMA Awards in three categories:   •Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility, highlighting recent enhancements and innovative new features to AIReS’ ReloNet® Web Services site for clients and transferring employees; •Relocation Management Company of the Year (Over 10,000 Moves a Year), recognizing a year of excellence and growth for AIReS; •Thought Leadership - Survey or Research Study of the Year, honouring AIReS Consulting Services’ Pulse Survey initiative to provide meaningful, timely benchmarking data.   All shortlisted nominations will be assessed by an independent judging panel before awards...

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BILL GRAEBEL NAMED FINALIST FOR CEO OF THE YEAR AWARD

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CR Magazine (Corporate Responsibility Magazine) in the US has chosen Bill Graebel, chief executive officer of The Graebel Companies, Inc. as a finalist for its 2014 Responsible CEO of the Year Award. Each year since 2008, CR Magazine has awarded deserving chief executive officers from companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the government — for having excelled at delivering on their commitments to corporate responsibility.  Bill is among a dozen leading CEO finalists who were selected through an open nomination process, and winners will be selected by the Editorial Board in consultation with past honourees. Results will be announced during the COMMIT!Forum Awards Dinner in New York City on October 9, 2014. There are 20 finalists for the award including the CEOs of many household name companies – John P. Bilbrey from The Hershey Company, Rob DeMartini from New Balance, Marillin A. Hewson from Lockheed Martin, and John Veihmeyer from KPMG – so Bill is in good...

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TYPHOON GLENDA HITS THE PHILIPPINES

Typhoon Glenda has ripped through the northern Philippines killing 38 people and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.  It is reported that more than half a million people have had to leave their homes. The category three typhoon carried with it winds of up to 185km/hour and was the strongest storm to hit the region since typhoon Haiyan hit last year leading to the deaths of 6,000 people. It is said that 7,000 houses were destroyed by Glenda with a further 19,000 damaged. Richard Dyas from Asian Tigers in Manila said that when the typhoon hit the mainland it caused havoc with the internet and electricity supplies.  His mobile is working but it’s not much use as the office is closed and he has to stay indoors.  He will advise when the danger has passed and things begin to return to normal. The storm has now been downgraded to a category one but is expected to gather strength as it crosses the South China Sea and is expected to hit China’s south-east coast...

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GRIDLOCK IN MANILA IS CAUSING DELAYS AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES

A daytime ban on trucks entering Manila, intended to reduce gridlock in the city, is causing serious disruption at the port and severely delaying container movements. According to Asian Tigers Philippines, the ban is growing into a serious problem for Philippine commerce and is continuing to affect both inbound and outbound traffic. The company said that in addition to the delay and inconvenience caused there will be unavoidable expenses due to increased truck charges and container detention. Asian Tigers Philippines is working closely with the Joint Chambers of Commerce in Manila to do everything possible to address its concerns with the local government, but most analysts see repercussions of this ban lasting for several months. Since the ban began in February, the delay through the port has increased from 6 to 10 days according to Christian Gonzales, the regional head of International Container Terminal Services Inc.  The port, that handles more than half of the nation’s...

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NO AIR OR SEA SHIPMENTS LEAVING VENEZUELA

Juerg Degenman, General Manager of Mudanzas Internacionales Global in Caracas, has advised OMNI of the current difficult situation regarding air travel, and air and sea consignments from Venezuela.  He explained that since July 1st, airlines have not accepted bookings for export cargo or passenger tickets. The problem is owing to an intended increase in the exchange rates applied for air freight of approximately 440% which the government has still not authorised.  Airlines are pressing to have the new exchange rate confirmed. All airlines are reducing flight frequency and routes, day by day. There is still a container shortage for sea export shipments as there are virtually no imports arriving in the country due to the extreme economic conditions in the country. More information will be supplied as the situation develops.    

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GRAEBEL ACHIEVES TRACE CERTIFICATION FOR 7TH YEAR RUNNING

Graebel Movers International, Inc. has successfully completed a TRACE re-certification due diligence review that signifies the company’s commitment to transparency in international commercial business transactions. The re-certification became effective June 1, 2014 and will remain active for one year. According to the non-profit membership association, Trace International, TRACE-certified companies are pre-vetted partners for multinational companies that seek to do business with suppliers who share their commitment to transparent business practices. This marks the seventh straight year that Graebel has been granted the TRACE Certification. President, Jim Petzel said, “We administer on the ground global mobility services for our multinational clients in 165 countries on six continents.  Our global supply chain network must conform to our high-quality standards that include transparent business practices. The TRACE Certification demonstrates that Graebel and our intermediaries...

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30 YEARS FOR ASIAN TIGERS MOBILITY - KOREA

Asian Tigers Mobility in Korea recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary in business at the Yeosu World Expo location in Korea. Founded in May 1984 by Joseph Song, the company has grown to be the leading moving and relocation company in Korea today.  The event was celebrated with the participation of all the company's employees along with their spouses and significant others over the course of two days. The event was a triple celebration as the company recognised Joseph's enormous contribution, marking his 60th birthday this year and also becoming a grandfather for the first time.    

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