Updates to OMNI Country Guides

We have made a number of updates to our comprehensive Country Guides.
Recent updates to guides include: USA, UK, Wales, England, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Ivory Coast.
We have also updated and verified visa information for all countries from Lesotho to Sao Tome and Principe. Other time-sensitive information like events and safety information is also updated regularly.

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David W. Graebel Named Chairman Emeritus of Graebel Companies, Inc.

Graebel Companies, Inc., a leading provider of workforce and workplace mobility solutions for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 firms and the largest family-owned, privately held relocation company in the world, recently announced that David (Dave) W. Graebel, 88, has been named Chairman Emeritus. He had served as Chairman of the board of directors since founding the company in 1950. Dave is being succeeded as Chairman of the board of directors by his son, William (Bill) Graebel, 56, SGMS, who continues to hold the position of Chief Executive Officer, a role he has held since 2007.

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Updates to OMNI country guides

We have made a number of updates to our comprehensive Country Guides.
Recent updates to guides include: Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jordan.
We have also updated and verified visa information for all countries from Denmark to Lebanon. Other time-sensitive information like events and safety information is also updated regularly.

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Tina Borba of Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage Promoted to Vice President of International Services

Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage announced today that Tina Borba has been promoted to the position of Vice President of International Services effective immediately.

“Tina truly embodies what it means to be a leader within our Crown-Armstrong family,” said Tori Ferrante, Crown’s President and CEO. “Over the years, she has created genuine and lasting relationships with our overseas agents and valued customers. It has been rewarding for me to watch her grow and develop the skills that make her such an effective leader today.”

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New guidelines for containerized cargo into Nigeria

Following the outcome of the sensitization workshop on revised import and export guidelines in Nigeria recently organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, we wish to draw your attention to the revised guideline which requires that all containerized import cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletized.
This new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018.

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Grace launches “Grace Gives” program

Grace Gives 2017 is a program designed to recognise and give back to five deserving community groups and award five deserving groups with a $10,000 grant to go towards their local community.

Sub categories include groups that: Focus on marginalised, excluded or disadvantaged communities; Create relationships and environments where people are empowered; Actively involve people and communities; Build inclusiveness; and Involve approaches that are likely to bring about solutions to complex problems.

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Updates to OMNI country guides

We have made a number of updates to our comprehensive Country Guides.
Recent updates to guides include: Gibraltar, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Gambia, Georgia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Moldova, Grenada and Thailand
We have also updated and verified visa information for all countries from Saudi Arabia to Zimbabwe. Other time-sensitive information like events and safety information is also updated regularly.
We are continuously adding new content, and are in the process of expanding existing guides to include even more useful information.
Please take the time to look over these guides as we are sure you’ll find them useful.

 

John Mason helps to save the Kiwi

John Mason International has partnered with Kiwis for Kiwi, the New Zealand charity that is helping to protect its national bird, which is at risk of extinction.

The company will be supporting a kiwi bird for every family it moves to New Zealand. The promise of adopting a kiwi is a move that could help protect and grow the numbers of the country’s rare and endangered mascot. Customers who move to New Zealand with John Mason will receive a photo and be kept up to date with the kiwi’s progress.

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Suddath announces new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation

Suddath® is proud to announce a new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free dental care and preventative health education to children in the Dominican Republic. Based out of Canada, the Smiles Foundation was formed over 30 years ago, when founder Elina Katsman traveled to the Dominican Republic and witnessed first-hand the urgent need for dental treatment.

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The changing shape of relocation trends

The US workforce is changing and, with it, so are the ways in which employees are being relocated for companies across the United States, according to a recent survey by Cartus: Relocation Policy and Practices Survey.  The report examines the responses of 141 mobility managers representing more than 10 million employees. While the overall survey explores trends in how companies are supporting home sale for transferring employees, responding to a growing rental population, and developing intern programmes, the primary finding is the identification of a changing pattern in employee relocation, in which an increasing demand for flexibility is translating into different types of work transfers.

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The Asian Tigers Mobility is proud to announce joining forces with the WWF Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature) to provide financial support for the T2X project.  T2X stands for doubling the number of tigers living in the wild by the year 2022.  That will be the next Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese calendar, and achieving that lofty goal will be significantly aided by ATM.

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Niall Mackay

The death of Niall Mackay has just been announced by his company Gerson Relocation in London.  The statement received is as follows:

Many of you will be aware that Niall Mackay, our Managing Director, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer towards the end of July.

Since then he has been at home awaiting the start of chemotherapy. We know that during this period he contacted many of you to tell you about his situation.

Yesterday we received a call from his wife Jenny. His condition had worsened over a short period of time, and it is with immense sadness we must tell you that Niall, our friend and colleague, passed away on Tuesday morning.

This will be a great shock to all of you, as it has been to us, and of course all our thoughts and prayers go out to Jenny, Callum, and Georgia during the weeks ahead.

We will continue to monitor Niall’s work email for any messages that you may wish to send, and please feel free to use the office postal address for any cards. We will make sure that they are passed on to Jenny and the family.

Strikes and service interruptions in Venezuela

Juerg Degenmann, General Manager of Mudanzas Internacionales Global in Venezuela, has advised of a worsening situation in his country including strikes and service interruptions.

Juerg writes:

As you already know, the situation in Venezuela is getting worse every day. Our country has become a constant scene of atrocities where the government has taken the social and economic balance that was once the best in South America and the Caribbean to the lowest level of poverty and insecurity.

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FIDI switches 2018 conference venue to Puerto Rico

FIDI has announced that its 2018 conference will take place in Puerto Rico, not Rio de Janeiro as previously announced. The conference will be from Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 April 2018.

FIDI said that it had made the change as a result of concerns raised over security as the ongoing violence and political unrest in Rio de Janeiro showed no sign of resolution. The FIDI Board had carefully monitored the situation and come to its decision supported by an independent Risk Assessment Report and first-hand testimonies from local affiliates.

Aires wins gold at the Stevies

Aires has announced that its SpringBoard, self-service, lump-sum management tool has won the Gold Stevie American Business Award in the ‘New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Cloud Application/Service’ category. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 190 professionals worldwide in a two-month judging process. Aires’ SpringBoard tool was selected for its advanced functionality, ease of use, and ability to fill gaps in current market offerings.

“When developing the tool, we worked to fully understand the patterns, motives, and decisions of our lump-sum transferees to improve their experience. This approach resulted in the refined and intuitive user experience that Aires’ clients expect,” said Aires’ Vice President of Operations, Joleen Lauffer.

One judge in the process highlighted several key benefits of the tool, stating, “Identifying gaps in competitive solutions is called value-based marketing, which not enough companies appear to do with any due diligence. Bravo for doing so. I also like that you can track actual spend against budget and have tax data available at the end of it all. Excellent. Well done!”

25% of financial institutions to move staff out of UK owing to Brexit

According to the EY Brexit Tracker, more than a quarter of the 222 UK financial services firms monitored have announced that they are moving some staff or part of their operations out of the UK, or that they are reviewing their domicile as a result of Brexit. Whilst firms voicing such intentions remain in the minority, the figures represent an increase  from four months ago when 39 (18%) of companies monitored had publicly voiced their intention to make staff or operational changes.

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