CAM Mover's Edge, April, 2012

The Canadian Mover – Last Chance for Updates!

The spring 2012 issue of The Canadian Mover is now in the first stages of layout. Check your listing in the fall issue or in our online directory and let us know today or tomorrow if there are any changes you need made. Watch the mail for your copy of the directory before the end of April.

CAM on LinkedIn

The Canadian Association of Movers has established two groups on www.LinkedIn.com. The groups are intended to help members communicate with other members of the Canadian moving industry. You can exchange ideas, concerns and opportunities. We can announce changes in rules, regulations and legislation in a timely fashion. We can ask questions of our fellow movers about any moving topic and receive expert opinions from across the industry.

  • Canadian Movers Network
  • Canadian Overseas Movers Network

The Canadian Movers Network is open to all members of the Association; the Canadian Overseas Movers Network is open to international mover members. The opportunity to use these facilities is only limited by our imaginations.

To join the group, you must be a CAM member and a member of www.LinkedIn.com. Membership in LinkedIn is free. Once you have your membership, go to LinkedIn’s “Groups” link and click on the Groups Directory. Search for Canadian Movers. Click on the Join Group button and we will include you in the group as quickly as possible.

Job Opportunities

Several opportunities have been posted to the job postings area in the employment section. This is where you can look for employees or employment.

Power of Attorney Form – U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs has noted that the Power of Attorney form being used by many moving companies and overseas agents is out of date and not in compliance with current regulations. It is very important that we correct this – since U.S. Customs sometimes issues fines and penalties for inadequate powers of attorney. Fortunately, the solution is very simple. Please discard all older versions of your power of attorney (POA) forms and in their place use a POA form that includes the importer notifications required by part 111.29(b) and 111.36 of the Customs regulations (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19). We have posted a current version, appropriate for individual shipments to the US. A long-form POA form and other forms (including one for ISF) can be found at Customs Clearance International’s website – www.cciusa.net. Also, note that the current version of Customs’ Form 3299, Declaration For Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles, can be found here (pdf). For those of you who want to review the U.S. Customs regulations pertaining to the power of attorney requirements, a summary of these regulations is also posted to CAM’s website.

For powers of attorney to be valid for clearing shipments:

  1. They must be signed by the owner of the household goods and/or personal effects,
  2. The person’s name should also be printed on the top line of the form,
  3. They must include the date,
  4. They must include the complete name of the clearing customs broker (if not already pre-printed), and
  5. All information must be legible.

Visa/MasterCard Scam

HEADS UP EVERYONE! Not that you don't know, but never divulge any personal or credit info over the phone or in reply to an email, ever! There is a new scam that is victimizing holders of VISA and MasterCard. A caller will tell you that he is working for VISA or MasterCard. After a long description of the situation, the caller tells you that your card may have been used for an unauthorized purchase. The caller then provides you with the number on your card, your name and your address. He then asks you to validate the three-digit PIN number on the back of the card. He thanks you for your assistance and cooperation and tells you that if you have any unauthorized charges on your statement to call the credit card company using the 1-800 number on the back of the card.

Your PIN number is what he's looking for. He now makes several charges to your account that are all within the authorized limit. And you are not the wiser until you see your statement at the end of the month.

The bottom line is "NEVER DIVULGE ANY CREDIT-CARD INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR BY E-MAIL!"

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IF YOU HAVE NEWS THAT CANADA’S MOVING INDUSTRY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, please let CAM know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.