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Truck makers face fines as the European Union steps up cartel investigation

The European Commission has stepped up a wide-ranging cartel investigation that could lead to heavy fines for some of the world's biggest truck makers.

The EU's executive announced on the 20th November that it had sent formal charge sheets to several manufacturers it suspected of price fixing, marking the next phase of a complex investigation that began with raids on a number of companies' headquarters in January 2011.

Graebel Van Lines to be sold to All My Sons

Top executives at Graebel Cos., based in Aurora, Colorado, announced a deal to sell Graebel Van Lines and the domestic moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers to Robert and Vasilia Peterson, founders of All My Sons Moving & Storage, a company based in Texas, for an undisclosed amount.

In a statement issued Oct. 15, officials said the Petersons intend to operate the two business units under a newly formed holding company called Graebel Ventures, which will operate separately from All My Sons Moving & Storage and will be headquartered in Texas.

World trade growth forecast has been cut for 2014

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has cut its 2014 growth forecast from 4.7 percent to 3.1 percent as Europe continues to stagnate and import demand weakens in China and the resource-rich export regions of Central and South America. The WTO says trade growth should rise in 2015 to four percent - below the average of 5.2 percent for the last 20 years.

Malaysia ceases issuing i-Pass

The Malaysian Immigration Department (MYID) ceased issuing the i-Pass until further notice as part of a need for internal reorganisation. This will not impact the work permit application process as a whole because the i-Pass is an additional identification for expatriates in Malaysia. As long as the expatriate holds a valid Employment Pass (EP), there will be no issues.

Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications to be submitted via ESD

QMM joins the Team family of companies

Yogesh Mehta, chairman of the Team Group, has announced his purchase of a majority shareholding in Quality Moving Management, Inc (QMM) headquartered in Vancouver BC, Canada.

QMM is the largest Allied Van Lines franchise in Canada, and a leading asset based corporate moving specialist in Western Canada, with major operations in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. QMM was founded in 1996 under Kevin St. George. 

BAR announces partnership with Which? Trusted Trader

The British Association of Removers announces its partnership with Which? Trusted Trader in its commitment to protect consumers and promote quality in the removal industry.

As part of its commitment to customer service and informed choice based on quality, the British Association of Removers is delighted to announce their new partnership with Which? the largest consumer body in the UK dedicate to providing better information and protection for consumers.

Celebration of Eid al-Adha and possible delays

Around the beginning of October, countries with majority or large Muslim populations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia will shut down for periods ranging from two to nine days in observance of Eid al-Adha. Companies and foreign nationals seeking government services should submit applications now to avoid delays caused by the holiday break.

Saudi Arabia: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on issuing visas, work permits and business contracts to Dutch nationals and Dutch companies.

More details here.

The war for talent: Globe-trotting 'Generation Y' careerists head abroad

Youngsters across the world are choosing to embrace globalization and work abroad to further their careers, according to recruiter Hydrogen Group. The firm said that Generation Y, defined as those born in the 1980s and 1990s, consider themselves to be global citizens and are prepared to be mobile to maximize the return from their careers. The Hydrogen Group and business school ESCP Europe surveyed 672 professionals aged between 21 and 30 and found that nearly half of those questioned (48%) were willing to work abroad.

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