Bulletin regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak and the impact on travel to Australia

The following information has been published by the Australian Government regarding travel and entry restrictions into Australia.

A consequence of these restrictions could be that any transferees that have been in China in the 14 days preceding a proposed entry to Australia may have to review their travel and moving plans. We recommend that any person traveling to Australia consider this information and plan accordingly.

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Paxton International receives gift of appreciation for refugee help

North Virginia-based Paxton International has been given a gift of appreciation by the NOVA Relief Center for its long-term support of the Syrian Refugee Blanket and Coat Drive. The gift was accepted by Mary K Paxton on behalf of the company.

Paxton has been actively involved in this humanitarian effort, providing a range of support including donations of boxes, time, manpower, trucking, storage, consolidation and transportation, since 2013.

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Suddath Announces Scott Perry as President of Moving & Logistics

Suddath have announced today the promotion of Scott Perry to President, Suddath Moving & Logistics.

In this role, Perry will oversee multiple lines of business at Suddath, including interstate household goods, global logistics, commercial moving and local moving. He will have full responsibility for Suddath’s branch network and distribution center operations across the country, keeping the organization focused on improving overall operational effectiveness, growing corporate revenues and maintaining a safe and high-quality experience for customers, employees and the local communities Suddath serves.

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Gerson Relocation Welcomes Claire Skillett

Gerson Relocation are delighted to announce Claire Skillett has joined their Client Services team.

In her role she will be supporting relocating assignees and carrying-out global move management for our corporate clients.

With a career of almost 20 years in the relocation business, Claire is highly experienced in both international moving and client relationship management. She joins as a great addition to Gerson Relocation’s growing Customer Services team.

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Metropolitan appoints Dora Sayegh USA Commercial Representative

Metropolitan would like to proudly announce that as of January 2020 Dora Sayegh has been appointed as USA Commercial Representative.

Dora has worked in the mobility industry since 1998 and has a vast knowledge of relocation, immigration and customised solutions for multinational companies and RMCs.

Dora will be responsible for liaising and working closer with Metropolitan’s USA clients and partners.

Asian Tigers China appoints Edwin Tan as General Manager

Asian Tigers are pleased to announce that Mr Edwin Tan has been appointed to the position of ‘General Manager – Southern China’, based in Guangzhou, for Asian Tigers China (mainland) effective from 10 January 2020.

Edwin, a Singaporean national, has been in the moving services industry for over 16 years, of which 10 years was spent working in the Middle East. In fact, Edwin started in our industry working at Asian Tigers Singapore.

The southern region of Mainland China covered by Asian Tigers Guangzhou office includes the provinces of Guangdong (Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen/Shekou, Dongguan); Hainan (Sanya); Yunnan (Kunming); Guizhou (Guiyang); Hunan (Changsha); Fujian (Fuzhou, Xiamen) and Guangxi (Nanning, Liuzhou).

Rates and initiations will continue to be centralised for Asian Tigers China (mainland) through these email addresses –

Rates – rates@asiantigers-china.com
Sales – sales@asiantigers-china.com

Relocation Services Global Colombia SAS joins OMNI

After many years as an active OMNI member in Venezuela, Mudanzas Internacionales Global CA have had their subsidiary office in Colombia approved as an OMNI member, effective 1st of January 2020.

Juerg Degenmann, CEO said “We are looking forward to build up a strong relation with all the OMNI partners, the same way we have done it over many years now in Venezuela!” For rates or any other requirements contact Quotes@rsglobal.co or
Juerg@rsglobal.co

RS Global Colombia’s member number will be 344 and tonnage will be accepted from January 2020.

Crown’s new 2020 fleet additions

Crown Worldwide Moving and Storage, LLC has recently expanded its local fleet to include 13 new 26-foot bobtail trucks. This updated fleet is now more fuel efficient, has GPS tracking and has been branded with new Crown-Armstrong graphics specific for the business divisions they were built to serve.

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Celine Delrue Joins Grospiron International

Grospiron International has announced the appointment of Celine Delrue to assist in developing its moving and relocation services. Celine is returning to the industry following a three-year break.

During her 30-year career, Celine developed sales and held management positions at Interdean France and Santa Fe France.

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Gerson Relocation appoints Ricky Hibburt as Client Service Manager.

Ricky Hibburt has joined the Gerson Relocation Client Service Team in the UK.  He is responsible for working with Corporate HR and Global Mobility teams to help manage their employee relocation programmes and cases.

Ricky brings with him a great deal of moving and relocation management experience, having previously worked with clients from a broad range of sectors as well as gaining valuable experience from an employee’s perspective, having relocated on many occasions himself.

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Aspire Mobility Staff Enjoy Company Weekend

Staff at Aspire Mobility Group recently joined colleagues from Bach & Salicath, Møbeltransport Danmark National and Møbeltransport Danmark Fine Art Reloc, for a company weekend at the Trinity Hotel, located on the beautiful island of Funen in Denmark.

Aspire’s Group Director Sara Lyrum Kronkjaer said, “Beside spending time with our great colleagues from all our offices and enjoying the various activities, we also had a very inspiring guest speaker whose message was to always look at the possibilities and to be happy, which suits the Danish lifestyle perfectly.”

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OMNI joins forces with IAM and FIDI to develop new communication standards in the mobility industry

Following the successful Global Moving and Mobility Standards Summit meeting at IAM in October, OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) has now confirmed that it will be joining forces with IAM and FIDI, under the name of the Moving Mobility Standards Alliance (MMSA), to support an initiative to develop standards for reliable data exchange so that more accurate shipment information can be exchanged between origin and destination partners and other stakeholders within the chain.

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Joëlle Castro receives France’s highest honour

On 22 October 2019, Joëlle Castro, Director of Mobilitas, was presented with the award Chevalier of the
Legion of Honour by the French government.

The Legion of Honour is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world. For two
centuries, it has been presented on behalf of the French Head of State to reward the most deserving
citizens in all fields of activity. The status of Chevalier is the equivalent of a Knighthood in the British
awards system.

Joëlle Castro is the daughter of Sarah Rosette and André Isaac Taieb who started AGS in 1974. She and
her brothers Alain and Gilles are still directors of the business today with her son, Cedric Castro, its
chairman.

The French government bestowed the award because of Joëlle’s tireless work as a French trade adviser,
for her work in encouraging new talent throughout industry and as an advocate for women in business,
for her outstanding work with children’s charities, and as part of the family that has built one of the
international moving industry’s leading family firms.

As a French trade adviser, Joëlle used her international experience to mentor French enterprises to help
them towards international success. Joëlle also worked closely with the Volunteer for International
Experience (VIE) scheme, run by the French Trade Commission, to help young people gain valuable
international work experience. This included employing around 300 young people from VIE within the
Mobilitas group.

In 2013 Joëlle founded the Women Business Leaders Network in the Val d’Oise region of Paris, dedicated to helping women start their own businesses. “It’s very different for women,” she explained. “Women feel they have to work twice as hard as men to be recognised in business. I don’t know why, but it’s true.” In 2014 Joëlle helped create the LACMA Ladies’ group in 2014, that brings women from the
industry together to discuss business and to raise funds for children’s charities. She also gives her time
to help other children’s charities in France.

The award was presented by Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the president of MEDEF, a leading network of
French entrepreneurs, at a reception held at the Shangri La hotel in Paris on 22 nd October. Joëlle was
accompanied by members of her family including her husband, Ronald, her son Cedric, and her mother.

The following day the company held a reception at the AGS office in Paris for staff and business
partners.

Joëlle said it had been a complete surprise to be nominated for the Legion of Honour. “I didn’t do any of
this for an award,” she said. “For me it was so natural to do what I have done. This is a family business
and despite everything that has happened, I’m still a mover at heart. That’s why I love this business so
much. The award is for all of us.”

Ward Van Lines closed on 21st October

Following the events of recent days, Ward Van Lines in Chile has advised it will not be open for business on Monday 21st October. This is to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. They hope to reopen on the 22nd should the situation improve.

Aspire Mobility Group staff take to the water to celebrate another peak-season success

Staff at Aspire Mobility Group were treated to a fun day out in Copenhagen to celebrate the completion of a highly successful summer peak season.

Aspire Mobility Group Director Sara Lyrum Kronkjaer said, “We invited our staff from Sweden and our offices in Denmark, for a day and evening out to celebrate yet another busy peak season where our devoted employees gave their upmost to ensure top-quality service to our clients and their assignees.”

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