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GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTING SOLAS

On 1st July 2016 the amendments to the SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) regulations, came into force requiring all shippers to provide a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for each container.  To help shippers, a collaboration of authoritative organisations -  the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) – have jointly released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.   The supplementary FAQs seek to provide further assistance in explaining the SOLAS VGM requirements by building on existing guidance material. They explain in more detail how the SOLAS container VGM requirements should be fulfilled in various circumstances and give additional information regarding the two methods that may be used to obtain the VGM of a packed container.     Shippers are urged to continue to approach any of the collaborating organizations...

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BRAZILLIAN CUSTOMS OFFICERS STRIKE

OMNI would like to thanks G-Inter in Brazil for providing the following information.... "Please be aware that Brazilian customs officers started a national strike today, July 14th. This will impact port and airport operations all over Brazil for inbound and outbound household good shipments. Officers are claiming for salary adjustments. The customs officer's Union confirmed that they will stop their services completely every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice. The planning ministry said in a statement that it was reviewing wage agreements inked by suspended President Dilma Rousseff earlier this month. We will keep you informaed of any changes."

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LARS LYKKE IVERSEN JOINS ALFA QUALITY MOVING

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Effective July 2016, Lars Lykke Iversen, former CEO for the Santa Fe Group, has been appointed as Director of the Board for the Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation Group of Companies. Lars brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from more than 30 years in this industry, to Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation.   "Being a Dane, understanding the culture and speaking the language, Lars will play an important role together with owners and management in developing Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation Group into a leading Scandinavian Services Company for Moving & Relocation Services," said Bengt Jönsson, partner and co-founder of Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation. Having known Lars for some 25 years, serving together on the ARM board, understanding Alfa's DNA, I believe that Lars' knowledge and experience will be a great asset for us moving forward."   "I am delighted to join the board of the Alfa Group of Companies, with whom I worked for many years as a partner...

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DEREK PAYNE DIES AGED 82

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  Derek Payne died on 18th May 2016, he was 82 years old.     He joined the moving industry in 1966 working for Brewer & Turnbull and Whites Removals.  Most of his working life, however, was spent with Robinsons where he stared as a manager eventually becoming MD of the whole company, and Peter Robinson’s right-hand man. In 1978 Robinsons bought the Coxeter name in Abingdon which came with a couple of warehouses, on in a farm building and one in a brewery.  Derek took up residence and ran the company which gave Robinsons its base in the town. “Derek did virtually everything at that time,” said Peter Robinson. “He worked very hard, was loyal and absolutely determined to be successful.”  At acquisition the company had just six men; by 1987 there were 70 on the payroll and Coxeters had become the largest subsidiary of Robinsons.   Derek was the President of BAR in 1987 having been installed at the conference in Stratford...

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KNEE-HIGH VANS FOR WHITES

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  White and Company has recently taken delivery of six new, knee-high, air-suspension vans.  The vehicles were all provided by Trucksmith in Devon and have an 18cu met capacity.  They will be used at the company’s depots in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Harrogate and Winchester.   Photo:  New knee-high vans for Whites  

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LAURA MAY HIGHLY COMMENDED AT EMMAS

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Laura May Carmack from AIReS was ‘highly commended’ in the category Global Mobility Professional of the Year at the 2016 EMMAs. The awards ceremony took place on 5 May in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The EMMAs celebrate excellence in global mobility by recognising industry leaders, business successes and standout-individuals in 26 categories. A judging committee of 15 FEM members from various global industries independently reviews nominations and selects the winners.  Photo:  Laura May Carmack  

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SUDDATH TAKES FIRST AT AMERICAN EMMAS

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  The Suddath Companies took first place at the American EMMAs (Expatriate Management and Mobility Award) organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) in the category International Moving Company of the Year.  The Florida-based company took the trophy ahead of Paramount Transport Systems and Crown World Mobility in second and third.   The awards ceremony took place on 5 May in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The EMMAs celebrate excellence in the global mobility by recognising industry leaders, business successes and standout-individuals in 26 categories. A judging committee of 15 FEM members from various global industries independently reviews nominations and selects the winners.   

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WARD VAN LINES OFFERS NEW CUSTOMER AIR MILES SCHEME

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  Chilean moving company Ward Van Lines has teamed up with Latin America airlines LATAM to offer a new air miles scheme for its customers.   Any customer that moves with Ward Van Lines within Chile or internationally to any city in the world now has the opportunity to earn LATAM Pass kilometers (an air miles scheme).  These can be used to travel to and experience new destinations, make upgrades to Business Class with these airlines or any One World alliance partner airline or redeem them against products in the LATAM catalogue.     Sebastian Laporta, Managing Director of Ward Van Lines, said the scheme is innovative. “With this partnership, Ward Van Lines again shows that it now only wants to provide a quality service to its customers but the customer also receives a prize for their loyalty.”      In August 2010 LAN and TAM airlines announced their plan to merge their holdings into a single entity, called ‘LATAM Airlines...

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