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Countries Prepare to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

May 10, 2021

Please be advised that Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated across the Middle East. To mark the occasion, Arpin International Group’s UAE office and its partners’ holiday schedules are as follows: United Arab Emirates: 11 – 15 May, resume work on Sunday 16 May Saudi Arabia: 12 – 16 May, resume work on Monday 17 May […]

Civil Unrest and Protests in Colombia Causing Supply Chain Disruptions

May 05, 2021

We have been advised by our supplier partners in Colombia that due to civil unrest and protests, access to major cities throughout the country have been blocked. Protesters opposed to tax reform have taken to the streets beginning 28 April; however, the situation has escalated, and it has become dangerous for our supplier partners to […]

Service Alert Updates: India and Italy

April 14, 2021

India As of today, Maharashtra reported 60,212 new coronavirus cases with recoveries of 31,624 and deaths 281 taking the active cases to 5.93 Lakhs. To contain the surge, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, Tuesday announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state from 8 pm on 14 April – 1 May, but […]

The Holy Month of Ramadan Has Begun

April 13, 2021

With the observance of the moon on 12 April, the holy month of Ramadan has begun and will continue for the next 30 days, followed by the national holiday of Eid al-Fitr. This time period is considered the most important month of the year in the Muslim calendar which extends to many middle-eastern countries and […]

Update to Recent Argentina Customs Changes

March 26, 2021

Arpin’s supplier partners in Argentina have provided us with an update to the recent customs changes effective retroactively to 1 February. We initially reported on 18 February that Argentine Customs imposed new duties and taxes on exported household goods and articles of personal effects. The applicable tax equal to 12% on appraised value by customs.  […]

Severe Congestion Expected to Impact Shipments Moving Through the Suez Canal

March 24, 2021

Extreme congestion is already impacting container ships moving through the Suez Canal due to a large cargo vessel becoming stuck while attempting to pass through. As of Wednesday, 24 March, more than 100 ships were waiting at each end of the canal which carries roughly 10 percent of worldwide shipping traffic. Port officials have partially refloated […]

Arpin Moving, Inc. Honored by National Group

March 10, 2021

Arpin Moving, Inc., a West Warwick, Rhode Island-based moving and storage company and agent for Arpin Van Lines, announced that it recently earned the 2020 President’s Club Award for its hard work and superior sales in a challenging environment. The company was also recognized with the Gold Award for outstanding hauling achievements. Like many companies […]

Italian Moving Companies Report an Increase in Shipping Delays

February 18, 2021

Due to the global container shortage and lack of space on steamship lines, our supplier partners in Italy are reporting difficulty booking shipments — especially those bound for Asia and North America. On average, shipments are being delayed approximately three weeks. Consequently, we are advising customers with household goods and personal effects’ shipments moving through […]

Argentina Customs Changes

February 18, 2021

Effective retroactively to 1 February 2021, Argentine Customs is imposing new duties and taxes on exported household goods and articles of personal effects. The applicable tax is equal to 12% on appraised value by customs.   Your Arpin Service team is aware of all shipments that may be impacted and will provide additional details as […]

Severe Port Congestion Expected to Impact Shipments Moving Through US California Ports

February 15, 2021

Extreme congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is affecting the timely importation of household goods and personal effects’ shipments. Container ships are currently waiting an average of eight days at anchor due to extremely high inbound volume coupled with COVID infections among dockworkers.   Consequently, we are advising customers with shipments […]

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries Lift Embargo Against Qatar

January 25, 2021

Arpin Group is pleased to announce that with the recent lifting of the embargo against Qatar from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Arpin can now directly manage all moves between UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt to and from Qatar. You may recall that due to a political dispute, GCC countries (except Kuwait and Oman) announced […]

UK Travel Restrictions’ Update

January 18, 2021

All UK travel corridors, which allow arrivals from some countries to avoid having to quarantine, have now closed. Travelers arriving in the UK, whether by boat, train, or plane, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed entry. Further, the test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling. Anyone arriving […]

COVID-19 Restrictions Update – France and Malaysia

January 15, 2021

France The French government announced that the county will implement strict policies for travelers arriving in the country that could impact plans for assignees with moves in progress.  The new policies mandate that all persons arriving in France from outside of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, will have to present a negative COVID-19 […]

Business Consultant, Stephen Crooks, President of SFC Global Consulting, LLC, Accepts an Expanded Role with Arpin Group

January 14, 2021

Arpin Group announced that effective January 1, 2021, Stephen Crooks will expand his commitment at Arpin Group to executive consultant, continuing a storied career that began at Arpin in 1992. Crooks will have the responsibility for overseeing Arpin’s commercial division and will continue to mold this portion of the company for the post-pandemic world by […]

UK COVID Update

January 05, 2021

The UK Government announced a national lockdown for England with a “stay at home” message. Further, the government is “actively encouraging” employees who cannot work from home to continue working, but they MUST ensure they are COVID secure. Arpin International UK will continue safely operating, as we have been since May 2020, with stringent COVID […]

Brexit Transition Update

January 05, 2021

After months of negotiations, the UK and European Union have finally agreed to a deal that will define their future relationship, which came into effect at 23:00GMT on 31 December 2020. The deal contains new rules for how the UK and EU will live, work, and trade together. Although there may not be new taxes […]

New Variant of the Coronavirus Results in More Than 40 Countries Banning Inbound UK Passenger Flights; France Closes its Border to the UK

December 21, 2020

Recent reports of a new variant of the coronavirus has resulted in more than 40 countries banning inbound UK passenger flights. In addition, to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus variant, the border between the UK and France will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours from 23:00 hours Sunday, 20 December […]

Arpin International Group’s GSA division honored with Sterling Lexicon Core Values – Covid Caring Award

December 15, 2020

Arpin International Group’s GSA (General Services Administration) division is pleased to announce their acceptance of a newly instituted, highly-regarded award from Sterling Lexicon.  This past October, the Core Values – COVID Caring Award was presented to representatives Mark Greene, Senior Vice President, Arpin International Group and Matthew Somweber, Director of Operations, GSA Services, Arpin International […]

Global Mobility News Report – Container Freight Rates Continue to Soar

December 11, 2020

Container freight rates continue to soar with no end in sight. Record demand for containers, lack of equipment, severe port congestion in the UK, and COVID-related factors are driving the higher prices. Consequently, ocean freight bookings from APAC and Middle Eastern Regions to the US and the UK are extremely difficult to obtain and pricing […]

Business Consultant, Erik Christensen, Founder of Solutions Mobility, has joined Arpin Group

November 23, 2020

Erik Christensen, Founder of Solutions Mobility, has joined Arpin Group as a consultant specializing in modern global workforce operations and technology within the relocation and global mobility space.   Christensen, currently based in and originally from California, brings a wealth of industry experience to Arpin and is exceptional in his talent and experience. In his […]

Global Mobility News Report – Severe Port Congestion Expected to Impact Shipments Destined to the UK Into Early 2021

November 12, 2020

Ports throughout the UK are currently experiencing severe congestion affecting the timely importation of household goods and personal effects’ shipments. This is impacting every aspect of the transportation supply chain from steam ship lines being unable to unload, to timely customs clearance, to delays in final delivery, etc. Consequently, we are advising customers with shipments […]

News Alert – COVID-19 Causing Ocean Freight Delays

October 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 global outbreak continues, we sincerely hope that your teams, families, and friends remain safe and well. Since the outbreak began to become well known in late-January 2020, there have been numerous interruptions and impacts to our business and certainly to assignees. We sincerely appreciate your support along the way. Just as so […]

Service Interruption Alert: Military Conflict Involving Armenia and Azerbaijan Causing Shipment Delays

October 06, 2020

Due to an escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan this week over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh, we are expecting shipment delays in the region. As a consequence, we are advising customers with import or export shipments in either Armenia and Azerbaijan to prepare for major delays as well as additional demurrage and various […]

Service Interruption Alert – Port of Felixstowe, UK, has announced they will not accept the restitution of empty containers until further notice

September 21, 2020

The Port of Felixstowe has announced that they will not accept the restitution of empty containers until further notice. Felixstowe Port is currently experiencing a high demand in terms of a surge in import arrivals which coupled with several external issues as listed below, is causing disruption to normal service levels. Lost working days at […]

Historical 10-year Green Anniversary for Rhode Island, USA

August 26, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020, is a historic day for Rhode Island, and all those who embrace sustainability and green energy, as it marks a decade from when the very first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was installed and put into use in the Ocean State. It all happened on Friday, August 27, 2010, in the […]

Service Interruption Alert: Beirut Explosion Impacting Household Goods Shipments

August 12, 2020

Following the awful explosions in the Port of Beirut area last week, 4 August 2020, we are relieved to confirm that our partner agents in Lebanon and their families are all safe and unharmed. Their warehouse in the “Seaport Free Zone” has unfortunately sustained severe damages due to the blast while their main offices and other […]

Arpin Group promotes Michael Hughes to Vice President, Global Business Development

August 05, 2020

Arpin Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Hughes from general manager of Arpin International (China) to vice president, global business development. In his new role, Hughes will be responsible for contributing to the expansion of Arpin’s exceptional customer experience while enhancing new client relations and corporate account development. He will be overseeing […]

Service Interruption Alert: Eid al-Adha Observance 2020

July 30, 2020

Please be advised that Eid al-Adha is being celebrated across the Middle East. To mark the occasion, Arpin International Group’s UAE office and its partners’ holiday schedules are as follows: United Arab Emirates: 31 July – 2 August, resume work on Monday, 3 August Saudi Arabia: 24 July – 8 August, resume work on Sunday, […]

Michael Johnsen to join Arpin International Group’s global leadership team

June 12, 2020

Arpin International Group has appointed its Vice-President Asia-Pacific Region, Michael Johnsen, to its global leadership team. Johnsen will continue to serve in his present role as vice-president Asia-Pacific region and will take on the additional duties of the global leadership team immediately. The team’s membership is comprised of representatives from Arpin’s sales, operations, information technology, […]

News Alert – France Coronavirus Update

June 10, 2020

While France and other countries around the world are allowing moves to resume once again, Arpin International Group and its supplier partners will continue to operate following current World Health Organization (WHO), United States’ Center For Disease Control (USCDC), and state and local guidelines while performing services. In addition, our moving crews will employ proper […]

News Alert: The UK Government Issues New Guidelines to Return to Work

May 12, 2020

The UK Government has issued new guidelines to facilitate a conditional return to work during the COVID-19 crisis. The government is “actively encouraging” a return to work for employees who cannot work from home; however, employers MUST ensure they are COVID secure. To that end, Arpin International (UK) Ltd. will ensure all our employees and […]

Arpin Van Lines was acquired by The Wheaton Group

April 28, 2020

On 24 April 2020, Arpin Van Lines was acquired by The Wheaton Group. This acquisition allows Wheaton to have all of its five brands under one umbrella (Wheaton World Wide Moving, Bekins Van Lines, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, Arpin Van Lines, and Clark and Reid). Wheaton’s acquisition of Arpin Van Lines makes Wheaton the fourth […]

Arpin International Group Ranks #1 in Supplier Satisfaction in 2020 Independent Study

April 22, 2020

Arpin International Group has earned the #1 ranking in supplier satisfaction among the largest suppliers of global household goods shipment services according to independent research firm Trippel Survey & Research, LLC©. In the 16th Annual Relocation Managers’ Survey© on international mobility, Arpin International Group earned the highest overall satisfaction score among the nation’s largest carriers […]

Update – UK Government Extends Pandemic Restrictions Through 7 May 2020

April 17, 2020

The UK Government, together with Public Health England, announced the continuation of the very strict guidelines imposed upon companies and individuals to protect from spreading the COVID-19 virus. At Arpin International (UK) Ltd., we will continue to abide by the instructions and guidance of our Government and public health officials as our priority continues to […]

News Alert – Arpin International (Asia) Pte Ltd Continues Removal Operations

April 08, 2020

Arpin International (Asia) Pte Ltd has been granted authority to continue to provide household goods removals by the Singapore government. To facilitate moves during this time, we have taken a number of measures to help ensure our customers and team members stay safe and healthy. As such, Arpin continues to request crews followguidelines established by […]

Arpin Group Recognized With The Platinum Award For Providing Service Excellence 

March 30, 2020

RELO Direct®celebrated the accomplishments of its supplier partners during its 10thAnnual Corporate Forum held March 10 – 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In attendance were hundreds of professionals from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®along with leaders from the relocation industry. Geron Gore, Executive Director of Global Business Development, was honored to except […]

Service Interruption Alert – Arpin International Movers of Ireland Suspending all Removal Services Within the Island of Ireland

March 28, 2020

Following an announcement by An Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar on 27 March, all citizens of Ireland must remain at home for two weeks through Sunday, 12 April 2020, in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. No unessential travel is permitted, other than for food and exercise. All journeys must be less than 2km […]

Update – Service Interruption Alert: China Closing its Borders to Foreign Passport Holders

March 27, 2020

As of today, 27 March 2020, we have received additional information from our Arpin International (China) team members based in Shanghai, about current steps the Chinese government is taking to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Within Shanghai, team members learned of no new cases being domestically reported for quite some time and […]

Service Interruption Alert: Arpin International (UK) Ltd. Temporarily Suspends Household Goods Packing and Unpacking Services in the UK Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020

The UK Government, together with Public Health England, have issued very strict guidelines to companies and individuals on how to protect ourselves from contacting the COVID-19 virus. At Arpin International (UK) Ltd., our absolute priority is the safety and well-being of our clients, employees, and supply-chain partners. With this in mind, we have made the […]

News Alert – 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Zagreb, Croatia in the Midst of COVID-19 Lockdown

March 24, 2020

The strongest earthquake Croatia has seen in 140 years occurred Sunday morning, March 22, local time, rattling Croatia’s capital of Zagreb. Widespread damage has littered the streets with debris making travel difficult. The quake occurred 5.7 miles north of Zagreb and thus far, has caused an aftershock with a magnitude of 4.6. During this time, […]

Service Interruption Alert – The Government of Saudi Arabia Has Taken the Following Steps to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 Within its Borders

March 18, 2020

We would like to inform you that the government of Saudi Arabia has announced today that the following steps are being implemented by authorities to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19 within its borders: All public congregations and prayers in mosques (including Friday prayers) are suspended until further notice. All passenger flights in/out of Saudi […]

News Alert – COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause concern across the business community and Arpin Group and its subsidiaries take the situation very seriously. Our number one priority is providing continued and uninterrupted service to our customers while maintaining the safety and well-being of our employees and supply chain partners. As a global business with offices […]

News Alert – Coronavirus Impacting Airfreight Rates

February 19, 2020

While activity in China remains severely restricted, some airfreight carriers are reporting limited service has resumed. For shipments that are able to be routed, airfreight rates have increased significantly. At this time, airfreight carriers expect the enforcement of higher rates to continue indefinitely. Further, due to the constraints imposed by the government in an attempt to […]

UPDATE – Norfolk Southern Railway Train Derailment

February 07, 2020

We have received an update from Norfolk Southern Railway that the route to and from north New Jersey, including Croxton and the Ports of New York, has restored service to one of the two mainlines. Norfolk Southern is in the process of restoring the second mainline and will update as conditions change. To receive the latest ETA and routing […]

Service Interruption Alert: Norfolk Southern Railway Experienced Mainline Train Derailment

February 06, 2020

We would like to inform you that at approximately 6.a.m. EST Thursday, February 6, Norfolk Southern Railway experienced a mainline derailment in Bound Brook, New Jersey, USA. Presently, the route to and from north New Jersey, including Croxton and the Ports of New York, is out of service. Norfolk Southern is in the process of […]

Neighborhood Food Pantries Receives $500 Donation Following Arpin Group, Inc. Holiday Contest Win

January 31, 2020

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (January 31, 2020) – Following a social media contest organized by Arpin Group, Inc. over the 2019 holiday season, The Neighborhood Food Pantries of Northwest Dupage County, Illinois today received the grand prize of $500. The Arpin Holiday Giving Contest took place between November 26, 2019 and January 6, 2020, across Arpin’s […]

News Alert – Update on Brexit

January 28, 2020

The UK Parliament has passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and will leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Whilst the UK will no longer be a member of the EU, it will follow EU rules until 31 Dec 2020. This is known as the “transition period.” During the “transition period,” the top priority will be […]

Service Interruption Alert – National Holiday Observance Extended in China Amid Growing Concerns Over the Spread of the Coronavirus

January 27, 2020

We would like to inform you that the Chinese government is taking extraordinary steps to help protect and contain the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak and has extended the national holiday through to February 9 (inclusive). The action was taken in an effort to avoid/delay one of the largest migrations in the world from happening, […]

Port Infrastructure Surcharges – Australia

January 21, 2020

We have been informed by our supplier partners in Australia of regularly increasing terminal handling charges, one payable to the shipping line, and another called “infrastructure charges” or “terminal access charges” payable to the Port Terminal Operator. These charges are currently being levied directly on cargo importers or exporters and do not form part of […]

Service Interruption Alert: A Strike by CGT Union Crews at Ports Throughout France Disrupting Operations

January 21, 2020

We would like to inform you of a three-day strike by CGT union crews which are disrupting operations to varying degrees at seven ports in France – Calais, Dunkirk, Le Havre, Rouen, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Marseille. Ferry ports Le Havre and Marseille are totally blocked; commercial docks are blocked at Rouen and Nantes; and […]