Movers' Edge, January - B, 2004

NORTH AMERICAN CARGO SECUREMENT STANDARD

Since 1994, there has been active and close collaboration between representatives of governments and industry in both Canada and the United States in pursuit of developing and implementing uniform regulatory requirements for securement of cargo on highway transport vehicles.

The regulations came into effect in the USA on January 1, 2004. Some of the regulations and procedures do apply to the commodities movers carry including automobiles. The information in the driver’s handbook provides useful instruction on good practices in securing cargo.

The US Regulations can be seen on CAM’s website in a PDF file.

The Driver’s Handbook on Cargo Securement is also posted in a PDF file.

Complete information on the topic can be seen at www.ab.org/ccmta/ccmta.html. The documents can be found in the September 2002 section (“Final Rule”) and the November 2003 section (“Training Program”).

CERTIFIED CANADIAN MOVER PROGRAM

Changes to the Good-Practice Guidelines and Consumers Checklist

There have been some edits made to Industry Canada’s Good-Practice Guidelines and Consumers Checklist. Please review them and advise the CAM office of any changes you feel should be made prior to Wednesday, January 14. These two documents are the basis for CAM’s Certified Canadian Mover Program.

The changes and additions are highlighted in an online PDF document.

CAM’s new toll-free number: 1-866-860-0065

CAM now has a toll-free number for use by members and as part of the Certified Canadian Mover Program. It is 1-866-860-0065. Please use it to contact us.

Documentation for the Certified Canadian Mover Program

We do require the following information from you in order to register you as a Certified Canadian Mover:

  • Business licence (municipal business licence, provincial operating authority, etc.)
  • Incorporation certificate
  • GST registration and number
  • Workers’ compensation certificate
  • Insurance certificate showing a minimum of $1 million liability and a cargo limit minimum of $250,000
  • Yellow Pages ad or promotional items (optional)
  • Signed Code of Ethics form (pdf) and commitment to participate in the Certified Canadian Mover Program

If you have not already done so, please gather the above information and mail or fax it to CAM at its new address.

Thanks to all members who have already submitted this information.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Board of Directors and staff of the Canadian Association of Movers wish you, your family and your staff all the best for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.