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Feb 11, 2017
MoverOne International might not be a well known name on the international scene, but it has been around a long time, just not under that name. Steve Jordan caught up with Huw Jones, the company’s general manager, at the IAM convention in New Orleans to find out more.

Huw had been panicking a bit when I arrived at booth number 1207 of the IAM exhibition hall. His stand graphics had not arrived on time, the show had already started and he was having to make do with whatever was to hand to create a lasting impression with the visitors. That said, both he and Lynn Pullen, Senior Move Manager, had already lapsed into the mind set of ‘Let’s make the best of what we have’ and were beginning to breathe a little easier as we started to chat.

The story about how the company came into being is complicated and so I’ll to keep it short. MoverOne International is the International Division of United Van Lines Canada, which is 100% owned by Canadian member agents. It was created as a separate entity of the van line in 2002 and was rebranded in April of 2016. The name MoverOne comes from the group name of United Van Lines Canada and its divisions. United Van Lines Canada has 130 members in 180 locations across Canada and Huw runs a dedicated team in Toronto to provide them with international support. MoverOne International is a member of the Harmony Relocation Network, IAM and various other networks. It is also applying for membership of FIDI.

Huw has been running the international division of United Van Lines Canada for five years and has overseen a huge increase in business during this time. MoverOne International provides an international service to the member agents and many other customers around the world. “This is the first time we’ve had our own name,” he said. “We do not get involved with cross-border, domestic or local moving unless it is for a corporate account or on behalf of an overseas partner. We are an international move management company providing a complete range of international moving services including origin and destination services, full container export and import shipping services, groupage and storage across Canada for our Canadian member agents, our partners in Harmony Relocation Network and other independent partners around the world.”

Through the United Van Lines Canada network MoverOne International has probably the most comprehensive branch coverage in Canada. However, perhaps more importantly, these local branches benefit from the expertise, efficiency and management that Huw’s dedicated team of international specialists provides, allowing MoverOne International to offer a full range of services across the whole of Canada with a simultaneously local, yet experienced, service.

Photo: MoverOne staff at the company offices in Toronto.

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