December 19, 2017
We have so much to be thankful for as we near the end of the year. While 2017 was not a strong year for the industry, we are seeing signs that 2018 will be much better. Businesses are excited about an improved regulatory climate, and interest rates are starting to rise, which should convince more people to stop waiting and lock in a loan for a new house before rates get higher.
Congress is likely to pass the president’s tax bill this week, which is expected to grow the economy and significantly reduce corporate taxes. Unfortunately, it also will eliminate the individual deduction for moving expenses that many COD customers use to help offset the cost of hiring a professional mover. It appears that the business tax deduction for corporate moving expenses is retained as a business write-off. We were assured by many members of Congress that the size of the corporate tax cut would more than make up for the loss of the deduction.
This year also saw the Consumer Protection Working Group, on which I served, focus on ways to reduce paperwork for consumers and movers, and look to streamline regulations. The final report should be released any time now, and we will focus on convincing Congress and the FMCSA to implement its recommendations to improve the COD experience.
For the staff, the biggest change in 2017 was the relocation of AMSA’s headquarters to our new home at 2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 200, in Alexandria, Va. Please make sure you have changed your records to reflect our new address, as we continue to have a lot of mail redirected by the Post Office from our old home on Duke Street.
AMSA will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25. We also will be closed on Monday, Jan 1. AMSA Today will resume biweekly publication on Jan. 9.
I hope that 2018 offers you exciting opportunities for growth. Wishing all the best for health and happiness to you and your family this holiday season.
President & CEO
ELD Mandate Now in Effect
The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now in effect. All drivers required by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) to maintain paper logs must now switch to ELD. AMSA strongly advises all pertinent members to be fully compliant by the deadline. For more information on the deadline, or to find a list of certified ELD vendors, including those from our Chairman’s Circle partner Rand McNally, click here.
An important note for movers using shuttle vehicles: AMSA and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) secured an exemption for short-term rentals. Under the exemption, all drivers of commercial motor vehicles leased eight days or less, regardless of purpose, are not required to use an ELD in the rented vehicle. The driver must simply maintain a copy of the lease agreement and use paper logs until they can add the data into an ELD when they resume use of the main moving vehicle. AMSA members are reminded they have access to a special discount from our Chairman’s Circle partner Penske. For information on how to utilize this member benefit, click here.
However, if you are using a vehicle that you own for shuttle purposes and the driver is required to use an ELD during this move, you will need to ensure that your shuttle vehicle has an ELD. In this scenario, using paper logs in the shuttle vehicle and entering data into ELD later is not permitted. AMSA will continue to work with the FMCSA on this issue to ensure that all our members are able to easily, effectively, and efficiently comply with the ELD mandate.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Hart, AMSA’s senior manager of government relations, at (703) 706-4971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Dec. 16, about 50,000 volunteers placed wreaths on the graves of all 230,000 veterans buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Several AMSA members donated their trucks and time to transport the wreaths across the country and pass them out to volunteers, including teams from Arpin Van Lines and Interstate Moving | Relocation | Logistics.
More than 70 moving companies participated in Wreaths Across America nationwide. The moving and storage industry transports about 1/10 of all the wreaths delivered to cemeteries annually. AMSA salutes all of the moving companies that support Wreaths Across America, as well as the movers who transport wreaths as part of cross-docking operations.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that sponsors wreath-laying ceremonies annually at Arlington and at veteran cemeteries in all 50 states and beyond. You can share your stories and photos from your involvement with Wreaths Across America by emailing Mike Keaton.
Final Reminder: Preorder AMSA’S 400NG Cloud Subscription at the Discounted Rate
This is your last chance, so don’t miss out! If you handle military moves, then you need AMSA’s Military 400NG cloud, which gives you full online access from anywhere internet or WiFi accessible. Sign up now before the pre-order rate of $89 for 2018 ends on Jan. 1. After Jan. 1, your 2018 subscription rate will be $129 per user. The new cloud version updates instantly whenever changes are made. AMSA’s 400NG lets you accurately calculate the total cost of individual shipments and associated services for all military domestic personal property moves (except Hawaii). Register now for your renewal to the 400NG cloud for the low price of $89 per user in 2018. Preorder now!
The print version of AMSA’s 2018 Membership Sourcebook is available for preorder now! This exclusive member resource includes comprehensive information on AMSA’s approximately 3,500 AMSA members—provided by members just like you—and includes detailed contact information for all domestic and international movers, suppliers, and AMSA board and committee members. This valuable resource will be available for download later this week at no charge to AMSA members. It is also available as a printed directory for just $59 during the preorder period. Preorder your printed 2018 Sourcebook now, and be prepared for the year to come. Or wait for the download version coming soon.
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