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Moving Industry Leaders Press Congress on Key Issues

September 30, 2013

Consumer Protections, Safe Infrastructure and Tax Code Top Agenda

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The professional moving industry's annual meetings with members of Congress, a major new financial commitment from an industry supplier, and plans for an expanded effort to promote the ProMover certification program among members highlighted the fall meetings of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) Board of Directors and committees from Sept 25-27.

"Movers are key to America’s mobility, and we're asking Washington to support our legislative agenda: improved and strictly-enforced consumer protections, a continuation of the federal moving expense tax deduction, and safe and reliable roads and bridges," said Stephen Burns, AMSA chairman and chairman of Wheaton Worldwide Moving | Bekins Van Lines. "Making sure consumers can have the best move possible is our top priority."

Nearly 50 moving company executives held more than 45 meetings with members of the House and Senate and their staff on Sept. 26 during the annual "Moving Day on the Hill," urging lawmakers to strengthen federal consumer protections against rogue operators — unlicensed movers — as well as to require container company compliance with federal household goods regulations. The industry also urged lawmakers to push forward with increased multi-year highway funding, and retain the personal federal income tax deduction for moving expenses.

Friday's Board of Directors meeting included remarks by Anne Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, who provided a status report on issues before the agency and promised to include the industry’s input during the promulgation of regulations.

In committee action, AMSA members approved an initiative to better-connect individual movers with the association's ProMover program for consumers, and a retooling of an effort to help recruit and retain more front-line industry workers and van operators.

Also during the three days of meetings, it was announced that Movers Specialty Service (MSS), a third-party supplier, has become the fourth member of AMSA's Chairman's Circle, a select group of industry suppliers who have pledged their financial support. MSS joins current Chairman's Circle partners Kentucky Trailer, Rand McNally and Move, Inc.