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April 17, 2018

President’s Message

 

We are back from a fantastic conference in Fort Lauderdale. I think everyone enjoyed this chance to meet with friends and colleagues, and network with many other moving professionals and suppliers. If you didn’t go, you really missed a wonderful experience. Thank you to everyone who joined us this year, and special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors, who help make it all happen. The AMSA staff also did an outstanding job this year.

As I said in my remarks, professionalism will help pave the way to success for our industry, and show why our services are the best option for consumers. Former professional football star Merril Hoge inspired everyone with his keynote message of “Find a Way” to achieve your goals. The 40Below group once again had a huge turnout for their events, culminating with the presentation of bicycles they assembled for underprivileged children at our awards ceremony. And the Live Auction was a resounding success, with AMSA members generously bidding to support both the MSI and Move For Hunger.

Look for a full conference recap in the next issues of AMSA Today and Direction magazine. We hope to see you next year for AMSA’s incredible 100th annual conference in Houston, Texas!


Scott Michael
President & CEO

 

Industry News

 

97% of Truckers Comply with ELD Just Prior to Mandate
The April 1 deadline that brought full enforcement of the federal electronic logging device mandate pushed the trucking industry into compliance. “An ongoing poll conducted by CarrierLists indicated that ELD compliance rates during the final week before the deadline spiked six points,” reports Trucker.com. Read more about the 97 percent compliance rate and the last-minute scramblers who met the deadline.
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Survey: Drivers Are Earning More; Enjoying Incentives
New research from the American Trucking Associations finds big-rig drivers are making more money than they did five years ago. The median salary for a truckload driver working a national, irregular route was over $53,000. BulkTransporter.com says that’s a 15 percent increase from ATA’s last survey in 2013. A private fleet driver saw pay rise to more than $86,000, or 18 percent since the previous research. The post also said fleets are offering signing bonuses and benefits packages to attract and keep drivers.
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Industry Group Prioritizes 2018 Research Topics
The American Transportation Research Institute will spend much of the year researching smart cities, cannabis intoxication testing and autonomous vehicles. According to TruckingInfo.com, the 2018 list “mirrors new technological and societal changes” that may affect trucking. ATRI is a non-profit research group that analyzes transportation industry issues.
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The State With the Most Outbound Moves
People aren’t moving as frequently as they have been, still “outbound moves from California via three giant moving companies in 2017 outpaced arrivals by the widest gap in 11 years.” That’s according to a post on MercuryNews.com, which explains the numbers don’t mean there’s a growing exodus from the Golden State. “Last year’s departures—as well as arrivals—are roughly 40 percent below the 2006 levels,” says reporter Jonathan Lansner.
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AMSA News

 

FMCSA Allows Electronic Records & Signatures
The FMCSA has issued a final rule, effective June 15, that will allow the use of electronic records and signatures. Examples of documents now permitted to be transmitted and/or maintained include bills of lading, the Ready to Move brochure, the Rights and Responsibilities booklet, vehicle maintenance records, and more. For more information, click here. By allowing the consumer disclosure documents to be transmitted electronically, the FMCSA rule now eliminates the need for HHG operators to receive/maintain a physical receipt of waivers from the shipper. Additionally, the agency clarifies that shippers filing an HHG claim must do so in writing or electronically, rather than orally. AMSA had submitted comments, along with Atlas Van Lines and other trade groups, in support of the rule change.

 

House Bill Aims to Bend 14-Hour Clock for Truck Drivers
AMSA is currently evaluating Congressman Babin’s proposal which would allow truck drivers a daily break of up to three consecutive hours that would not eat into their 14-hour on-duty allotment. At this time, we have concerns that this bill does not offer the help that our drivers need. We require flexibility at the end of a shift due to consumer delays, not an extended off-duty pause in the middle of the day. Furthermore, our initial assessments indicate this bill will have difficulties passing the House as written. AMSA will continue to monitor the legislation and provide updates to the proposal.
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AMSA-Backed Legislation Scheduled for Vote
AMSA has worked with members of the House and Senate to introduce the “Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act,” a bill that would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from releasing personally identifiable information (PII) of our international move customers to third party entities for marketing purposes. Today the House will consider the bill following passage by the House Ways and Means Committee, by a unanimous vote, on April 11.
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House GOP Wants to Set a Vote to Make Individual Tax Cuts Permanent
The primary goal of this “phase two” tax cuts package is making the individual income tax cuts permanent – an extremely pricey proposition. Outlook for this bill passing both chambers of Congress appear dim at the current time. AMSA, though, continues to advocate for restoring the Moving Expense Deduction and income exclusion for individuals within this or any tax package moving.
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Trump Infrastructure Policy Adviser to Leave White House
Back in October, AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael and Board Chair J.D. Morrissettee met with President’s Trump infrastructure policy advisor D.J. Gribbin and other administration officials at the White House to discuss our nation’s infrastructure policies. Since the administration’s subsequent infrastructure initiative has apparently run into a wall on Capitol Hill, the White House has announced Gribbin’s departure.
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Apply Now for an MSI Scholarship
Did you know that you can minimize college costs by applying for a Moving & Storage Institute (MSI) scholarship? There’s only one week left! We must have your application by this Friday, April 20. Awards range from $1,000 – $5,000. With average undergraduate loan debt of more than $30,000, you can’t afford to miss out! The MSI offers scholarships to help those pursuing a career in or related to the household goods moving and storage industry. Scholarships are available to benefit the children, families and employees of AMSA members throughout the U.S. who are pursuing a two- or four-year degree from a domestic accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. All applications must be sponsored by a moving and storage company, van line, van line agent or supplier to the industry. The sponsoring company must be a member in good standing of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).
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AMSA in the Know: Sign Up for the 400NG Cloud
AMSA’s Military 400NG Cloud service ready to go! Order now and get set for the rate changes that take effect on May 15. Accurately calculate the total cost of individual shipments and associated services for all military domestic personal property moves (except Hawaii) – from any computer and at any time. All you need is internet access! This essential tool was designed for movers handling military DP3 shipments, and no longer requires downloads or yearly updates. To order this exclusive member’s only product and become a subscriber, log into our website and purchase it for the low price of $129 per user.

 

It Pays to be an AMSA Member!
The money you’ll save using AMSA’s Member Discount Program partners could cover your dues and more! Whether you operate one truck or one hundred, save thousands of dollars a year on products and services that you already use. From trucks, fuel and office supplies to uniforms and insurance, AMSA’s discount program partners have you covered. The only way to get AMSA’s preferred pricing is to mention that you’re an AMSA member when you call or email!

CastleBranch provides AMSA members a minimum 20 percent discount on background screening and compliance management solutions. They know how to unpack the complex world of background screening and can provide you with accurate tools and the data to make smart hiring decisions. With customizable package options including background checks, sex offender registry, credit checks, drug testing, employment, education and professional licensure verification and more—CastleBranch has what you need to make safe and informed hiring decisions. For more information, contact Katie Giacalone, senior manager of strategic partnerships, at (910) 815-3880, ext. 7155 or katieg@castlebranch.com. Click here for your member savings.

Rand McNally Eases Navigation and Compliance Burdens for AMSA Members! Rand McNally has been a leader in the commercial transportation market for more than 81 years, delivering innovative and reliable products for professional drivers. Save 15 percent on an array of Rand McNally truck devices, accessories, and more by visiting RandMcNally.com/AMSA and entering the discount code RMPP-AMSA at checkout.

Don’t forget, to get AMSA’s preferred pricing, mention that you’re an AMSA member when you call or email! For more information on all of AMSA’s Member Discount Partners, visit Promover.org/discounts. Member Discount Partners are carefully selected from AMSA’s vetted suppliers. If your company is interested in becoming an exclusive AMSA Member Discount Partner, please contact Rachel Peretz at (703) 706-4961. Partnerships are available to AMSA suppliers in good standing who have been members for 18 months or longer.

Rand McNally is also a member of AMSA’s Chairman’s Circle, which goes above and beyond in its support of the efforts of your national trade association through generous donations of their time, resources and creative input. We thank them for their continued support.

 

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