September 5, 2017
Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Many of you are arriving today for our annual meetings with members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for the moving and storage industry. If you are not able to attend this year, you can still help by contacting your representative or senators either in person during one of their frequent trips back home, or by mail or email. You can find out more on our special Grassroots Advocacy website.
If you are in the area, please stop by our new offices today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for our Open House. We’d love to show off our new offices to you and let you meet the staff that is working for you year-round.
Although we are in D.C. this week, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston and the rest of Texas and Louisiana as they struggle with the unprecedented flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey. The few movers I’ve heard from are okay, but I suspect the hardest hit ones may not be as able to check in as they deal with flood damage.
One of my friends down there reports that they expect it will be October before the flood waters are completely cleared. Debris removal and rebuilding will take much longer. Please consider doing what you can to support those affected by this disaster.
President & CEO
The thoughts and prayers of the professional moving and storage industry are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially the people of Texas, where epic flooding has occurred. Please consider making a donation to charities like Move For Hunger and the Red Cross during this time of need. You also can find out how you may help through the American Logistics Aid Network. AMSA members are already doing their part to assist. Tell us your stories and send us pictures of what you may be doing so we can highlight your efforts in AMSA publications and on social media. Thank you to all those working to support their communities as well as those recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
AMSA Hosts 100+ Members for Moving Day on Capitol Hill
Today marks the start of AMSA’s Moving Day on Capitol Hill events, held annually in Washington, D.C. AMSA will also host committee meetings and the Board of Directors as we make plans for 2018. Attendees will hear from Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), both of whom serve on the House Transportation Committee. In addition, dozens of members will visit congressional representatives to advocate for the industry’s legislative priorities. Thank you to all our attendees joining us this year.
AMSA has launched a new, modern website consolidating all of AMSA’s websites into one that is more user-friendly on multiple devices and platforms, unified under Moving.org. The website’s new landing page can take members, consumers and drivers to three main sections that feature the content they seek, with the Moving Blog in the consumer section. AMSA welcomes additional blog posts exclusively from members to keep the content fresh and up-to-date; read our blog policies and submit a post for consideration. We will continue to update and refresh the rest of our content going forward as well. Please feel free to share AMSA’s online information and resources with your colleagues, customers and other members of the industry.
Government & Military Relations Update
ELD Citations & Fines Set to Start Dec. 18
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that inspectors will, at their discretion, begin issuing citations for non-compliance with the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate beginning on the Dec. 18 deadline for adoption. The 10-hour out-of-service order, though, that is associated with non-compliance with the mandate will begin April 1, 2018. The CVSA, which is made up of enforcement officials and meant to provide uniformity in enforcement of trucking and bus regulations, says it has notified the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of these plans. Read more.
OOIDA Files Late Petition to Delay ELD Compliance Date
The Owner Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) has filed a petition with the FMCSA alleging that 26 states have not yet incorporated an ELD regulation into state law and therefore can’t enforce and will become ineligible for FMCSA program grants. AMSA is reaching out to the agency to determine if the petition has merit and is closely tracking what effect, if any, these developments will have on the legislative outlook on Capitol Hill. Read more.
House Appropriations Committee Releases Revised DOT Spending Proposals
House appropriators have revealed a modified funding proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 for eight appropriation packages, including for the Department of Transportation (DOT). Overall, the proposal would give the DOT a $450.5 million increase, over $1.6 billion more than President Trump requested. The FMCSA would be funded at $757.8 million, a $113.6 million increase over enacted levels. Other provisions of note:
- ELD exemptions: Trucks carrying livestock or insects would not need ELDs
- ELD study: Asks the DOT to consider delaying ELD compliance date for small carriers
- North Dakota trucks: Would be exempt from truck weight limits, joining Idaho
- Safety Data: Asks the FMCSA to give insurers access to its motor carrier safety data
- Trucker hours: Bars state/local governments from imposing driver work hour restrictions
Military Moving Update
SDDC TSP Qualifications Review Timeframes
As the Peak Season comes to a close, it’s time to prepare for the annual TSP qualification review process. As part of the annual qualification review process, the SDDC provided the following timelines for TSPs to follow that will help in maintaining their authority within the DP3 program. The SDDC will not send out emails as reminders when each review is done, and expects TSPs to make sure they are registered in good standing in each of the following websites.
- Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) in January — ucr.in.gov
- Secretary of State in May — www.secstates.com
- National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) in July — nmfta.org
- CIP and COR submittal and review November-December — within DPS
- System for Award Management (SAM) monthly — sam.gov
- Update of bond and insurance effective dates monthly
- FMCSA — fmcsa.dot.gov (the SDDC is currently conducting 100 percent operating authority review)
Also, don’t forget the financial review due 150 days from fiscal year closeout. TSPs must provide a copy of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows from the most recent fiscal year-end reviewed or audited financial statements to the qualifications organizational box at firstname.lastname@example.org within 150 days of fiscal year-end.
Renew Your AMSA Membership Now
If you didn’t renew your membership with AMSA by the end of August, it’s not too late. Your AMSA benefits are here to help you reach new customers, comply with federal regulations, and get the latest industry news. Hurry, so you can ensure your business will be seen by thousands of people in our 2017/2018 Membership Sourcebook, coming out by the end of this year. Other benefits of AMSA membership include:
- Essential industry data and information to keep you updated on the latest market trends and technology
- Regulatory and compliance tools including arbitration, agent of process and rate filing
- Effective advocacy representing you and your business with Congress and federal regulators in Washington, D.C.
- Access to professional training and certification programs you can’t get anywhere else
- Connections to members and suppliers with AMSA’s Professional Sourcebook and the Buyers Guide
- Discounts on essential business products and services — savings that can pay for your membership and put extra money in your pocket
- Dynamic speakers and sessions at AMSA’s Annual Education Conference & Expo and the National Safety & Operations Conference
- Visibility and leads from AMSA’s newly-relaunched consumer website, Moving.org
After you’ve been an AMSA member in good standing for 18 months, you’ll be eligible to apply for ProMover certification, demonstrating your commitment to strong professional and ethical standards. Find out what your AMSA membership has to offer and renew online.
Several moving companies, van lines and associations are offering assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, including:
- Suddath has sent an emergency response trailer full of supplies to Texas
- National Van Lines has provided a truck and driver to take locally donated goods to the disaster area
- The Southwest Movers Association has been working with the Texas Trucking Association and FEMA to coordinate drivers, vehicles, equipment and supplies in support of relief efforts
E.E. Ward Moving & Storage in Columbus, Ohio, hosted a Laps for Learning charity event that raised $17,400 to provide swimming lessons for local children…
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has entered into partnerships with Total Military Management, Inc. (TMM) and Tier One Relocation to manage the coordination of their domestic Department of Defense business…
Arpin International Group has obtained certification approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework for meeting U.S. and European Union data privacy and protection standards…
AMSA has moved! Our new address is:
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-4578
Please update your records, and thank you for being an AMSA member.