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PORT OF TILBURY TO HELP SHIPPERS OBTAIN VGM

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At a recent meeting in London, Jamie Frater, Senior Asset Manager from the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury, confirmed that the LCT would not be turning away containers after the 1 July deadline even if they don't have a declared Verified Gross Mass (VGM).  Instead the terminal would be doing everything it could to help shippers and its customers to comply with the law. LCT plans to hold containers if necessary while awaiting the VGM and, if necessary, to weigh the containers on behalf of the shippers thereby providing the necessary VGM required before the container is loaded on the vessel.  Under no circumstances, however, would containers without a VGM be planned or loaded onto a vessel.  Tilbury has said that the charges will be variable, depending on the actual service provided, but would not exceed the costs involved. This is an early indication that the competitive environment in which ports in some countries operate is working to the benefit of shippers....

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KINGA MOTYKA BECOMES PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSAL EXPRESS IN POLAND.

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  Kinga Motyka has become the president of Universal Express in Poland. Kinga started her career in the moving business with Universal Express 19 years ago, and has worked in all areas of the business from operations to sales. Kinga will now lead the company going forward, liaising closely with Universal Express’ sister relocation company – Express Relocations, providing OMNI members and their customers seamless moving and relocation services throughout Poland and eastern Europe.    Kinga also plans to continue the OMNI 5% Cashback programme ensuring that OMNI members always get something back when working with Universal Express.  

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NEW IMPORT REGULATIONS FOR EUROPE DELAYED

The new import regulations that will require all household goods entering Europe to be cleared in the country in which they will be used, have been posponed from 1 February to 1 May 2016.  When the new rules come into force it will mean that goods shipped in groupage containers, for example through the UK, for European destinations elsewhere, will need to travel under bond through Europe and be cleared at their final destination.   Customers should be made aware of the change and of the additional costs, handling and potential time delays likely.

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JOHN MASON DANCERS CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY

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  International moving company John Mason International moved a bit of the ‘land down under’ to the streets of London recently to mark and honour Australia Day.   The UK-based removals company made a special delivery to an address just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament. Its team of dancing removal people emerged from the back of a vehicle, whilst numerous others unpacked Australian-themed items, including a life size kangaroo, crocodile, surf board, and even a BBQ.   “We continue to move thousands of people each year across the world and Australia still remains a popular location for many Brits,” said John Mason International’s Simon Hood. “This was a demonstration of how we always go that extra mile - and we wanted to wish everyone a happy Australia Day too. Moving can be a very emotional time, no matter how old or young you are, and we wanted to take this special opportunity to relay just how important our customers...

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RELOCATION MANAGERS STILL WORRIED ABOUT COSTS

This article interviews representatives from Cartus and Graebel to consider the main concerns of companies when relocating personnel.     Full story here    

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CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY AT JOHN MASON INTERNATIONAL

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  Staff at John Mason International recently raised £100 for charity from their Christmas Jumper Day. The fundraiser has become an annual event for the company with staff wearing fetching Christmas outfits for the day and donating to the Make a Wish Foundation.     The Make a Wish Foundation works to grant special wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.  Further information can be found on their website: https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/   

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DE HAAN RELOCATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

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  After months of hard work, De Haan Relocation is proud to announce the launch of its brand-new website: www.dehaan.nl. The aim was to provide an online experience that combined an aesthetically appealing design with a high degree of functionality. De Haan has been following a new direction for some time now. It's done so by shifting its focus more towards international markets and company relocation services. The revamped website will help shape this new vision and identity. Its new digital window to the world was designed and developed by Fastforwaard, an online agency based in Alblasserdam, The Netherlands.   Relevant Information – Right Time, Right Place The aim was to make the new website as customer-centric as possible. De Haan's Managing Director, Arend Reijm, explained, "It's about conveying the true De Haan spirit – our eye for detail and the way we care for people. We want people using our website to immediately feel at home with our company. The site's...

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MUDANZAS INTERNACIONALES GLOBAL HELPS ORPHANED CHILDREN IN VENEZUELA

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  Mudanzas Internacionales Global in Venezuela has supported Hogar Bambi, a local organisation for orphaned children, by hosting a Christmas party for them. The event was organised as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.   The company has supported Hogar Bambi Venezuela for the last seven years. It is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to providing vulnerable, at-risk children with protection, care, medical attention, education and legal assistance. Hogar Bambi has three shelters where it has the capacity to house approximately 100 at-risk children up to the age of 10, before they re-join their families or find new ones.   “This donation means a lot to the children and is also a tool to encourage our staff to experience the joy of helping others,” said Zenaida Romero, International Coordination Manager.  “Our contribution and financial support helps Hogar Bambi continue its mission.”    

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