There are many benefits to becoming a member of a moving company trade association. These organizations support the industry as a whole and help move households across the globe. The International Association of Movers (IAM) was founded in 1962 and is the largest trade association of moving companies worldwide. Its members provide services in over 170 countries. To become a member, moving companies must have a minimum of one year’s experience in moving and be recommended by two other members. The IAM also requires members to adhere to global standards and ethics.
AMSA also provides professional education, informational publications, and certification programs to its members. Their publications include a bimonthly magazine and quarterly summaries of industry data. In addition, AMSA offers a certification program for moving companies called ProMover. This program is designed to give consumers confidence in the quality of movers and their services.
AMSA is a member-based organization that promotes quality service and professionalism. Members are required to pass a background check and adhere to the ATA Code of Ethics. They must also undergo an annual review of their business practices. AMSA also helps moving companies build a reputable brand. Members of the association are likely to have a ProMover sticker or logo on their marketing materials.
AMSA is a non-profit trade association that has been around since the early 20th century. The earliest moving company trade association was the National Furniture Warehousemen’s Association, which was founded in 1920 on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Its headquarters was later moved to Chicago, Illinois. In the mid-20th century, other trade associations were established, including the Household Goods Movers’ Group and the Household Goods Carriers’ Bureau. Both groups were created to promote professionalism in the industry.