Trade Associations Push for Common Sense

October 19, 2023

Leading industry associations, FIDI and the International Association of Movers (IAM) are joining forces to reduce the liability on moving companies for shipping container cleanliness.
FIDI reported that the two associations, with support from the Australian International Movers Association and the Global Shippers Forum, have submitted joint comments on the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) recommendations related to minimizing the risk of transferring pests in the process of shipping.
FIDI said that the group “are jointly trying to get some sense in some far-reaching proposals from the shipping industry, who seem to be trying to push all liability for container cleanliness into the shoes of the supply chain, i.e. the movers.”
The lobbying action comes as the CPM is expected to make key decisions in 2024 on long-term guidance to minimise the risks associated with the international sea containers and invasive pests. It is feared that if the measures are imposed that they will directly impact the movement of household furniture and personal effects shipments worldwide.