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Service Interruption Alert – Import / Export Shipments Will Be Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

A category-three hurricane is expected to strike the Texas, USA Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday morning. Damaging winds and heavy rainfall may disrupt normal business and travel activities in the area. In addition, thousands of people have been asked to evacuate low-lying areas. 

Severe Weather Conditions Forces The Closure of Several Terminals in China

August 22, 2017

Severe weather conditions are anticipated in Hong Kong as Tropical Storm Hato approaches. The storm is expected to come within 100 km of the city on Wednesday morning, canceling flights and disrupting normal transportation services. As a consequence, we have been notified of several terminal closures:

2017 Independent Study Ranks Arpin Van Lines #1 Household Goods Mover in Customer Satisfaction

August 14, 2017

For the second year in a row, Arpin Van Lines has been rated #1 among the 10 largest suppliers of household goods shipment services ranked by “customer satisfaction,” according to the 23rd Annual Nationwide Relocating Employee Survey© released this month by independent research firm Trippel Survey & Research, LLC©. In May 2017, Arpin Van Lines and Arpin International Group were ranked first in supplier satisfaction by a separate Trippel survey.

Service Interruption Alert – German Ports Heavily Congested

August 11, 2017

All German ports are currently experiencing severe congestion. 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.

Arpin Employee Raises $5,000 for Veterans’ Charity, Honored as Top 10 Individual Fundraiser

July 25, 2017

Mark Dearborn, vice president of corporate accounts of Arpin Group, raised $5,000 for the Boston-based veterans charity fundraiser event, Run to Home Base. He was honored as a top 10 individual fundraiser and an all-star fundraiser. 

Service Interruption Alert – Venezuela

July 19, 2017

We have been advised by our supplier partners that, due to ongoing civil unrest, day-to-day business operations in Venezuela are now proceeding with limited staff. In certain areas of the country, it is currently not safe travel. In addition, the government’s opposition party has called for a 24-hour National Civic Strike on July 20, 2017, which will be adhered to.

Eileen Korney has joined Arpin Group as Marketing Coordinator

June 21, 2017

Arpin Group announced this week that Eileen Korney has joined the company as marketing coordinator.

Fourth Annual Arpin Strong Golf Tournament raises $31,000 for charity

June 20, 2017

The Arpin Charitable Fund announced this week that its Fourth Annual Arpin Strong Golf Tournament, held at the New England Country Club in Bellingham, Massachusetts, has successfully raised $31,000 for charity.

Arpin International Group Wins LACMA Corporate Social Responsibility Award

June 14, 2017

Arpin International Group has won the 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Award, presented by the Latin and Caribbean Movers Association (LACMA), for its commitment to the environment and the global community it serves. Mark Dearborn, vice president of corporate accounts, accepted the award from LACMA Immediate Past President Walter Laffitte on behalf of Arpin International Group.

Service Interruption Alert: Qatar Cargo Embargo

June 06, 2017

Amidst concerns of regional destabilization, several middle-eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The move will halt all land, air, and sea cargo shipments with Qatar as of June 6, 2017.

Arpin International Group Opens First Customer Care Center in India

June 06, 2017

Arpin International Group has opened its newest international customer care center in Kerala, the company’s first in India. The office will expand Arpin’s services, assisting corporate personnel who are moving to and from the region.

A Strike by Workers at Ports in Portugal Causes Delays

May 26, 2017

Effective May 30 – June 19, 2017, port workers in Portugal will participate in a National Strike which will completely halt the processing of household goods shipments. The planned strike will affect all main ports including: Lisbon, Setύbal, Sines, Figueira da Foz Port, Leixões, and Caniçal e Praia da Vitória.

Arpin Group Employee Participates In An International Community Service Project

May 16, 2017

Mark Dearborn, VP Corporate Accounts, joined about 40 of his industry peers in Guadalajara, Mexico, to take part in a community service project. He helped build five houses for the homeless in the two days before the LACMA Conference in Puerto Vallarta. 

Arpin International Group and Arpin Van Lines #1 in Supplier Satisfaction

May 10, 2017

Two Arpin Group companies have earned #1 supplier satisfaction rankings among the largest suppliers of household goods shipment services, according to two relocation managers’ surveys recently released by independent research firm Trippel Survey & Research.

Arpin Group promotes Karen Bannon to Marketing Manager

May 03, 2017

Karen Bannon has been promoted to marketing manager at Arpin Group.

Bannon is responsible for developing Arpin’s annual marketing plan and corporate branding strategies in coordination with divisional stakeholders. She will also manage the organization’s global marketing, advertising, promotional programs, and monitor industry trends to assess demand for new products and services.

Arpin International Group receives 2016 Gold Award from FIDI, China and Germany FAIM certified

May 02, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Arpin International Group has earned the FIDI Commitment to Excellence Gold Award for driving and promoting industry knowledge among its employees.

Arpin Strong Raises $80,000, Donates to 37 Charities in 2016

April 03, 2017

The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, announced in its 2016 year-end report that it has raised over $80,000 and donated to 37 charitable organizations.

Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty joins Arpin International Group as Director of GSA Services

April 03, 2017

Allyson Nordstrom-Geraghty Joins Arpin International Group as Director of GSA Services.

In her position, she will be responsible for managing and growing GSA client relationships by focusing on customer needs, developing service delivery models, and negotiating rates and pricing.

Arpin Group undergoes cybersecurity test to bolster defenses against would-be hackers

January 26, 2017

Arpin Group this month has completed a cybersecurity penetration test, administered by an independent firm, to evaluate the company’s defenses against hackers.

Arpin Group hires Jerry Munoz as Regulatory Compliance Manager

January 03, 2017

Arpin Group has hired Jerry Munoz as regulatory compliance manager.

In his role, Munoz will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and facilitating Arpin’s regulatory compliance program for both domestic and international employees, agents and other supply chain partners.

Issues in Poti Seaport, Georgia

December 13, 2016

Recent storms have impacted normal operations at the Poti Seaport, Georgia. Since December, the entrance channel depth has been severely obstructed with sedimentation and silt stirred up as a result of turbulent weather. This has made it very difficult for vessels to maneuver.

HM Revenue & Customs Issues a New Pre-Online Process Relating to Transfer of Residence

November 30, 2016

As of January 1, 2017, the C3, C5, and C104a customs’ forms that are currently used to declare household goods and personal belongings will become obsolete. All applications for Transfer of Residence (ToR) after that date will only be accepted online. The information must be completed by the assignee at GOV.UK.

Arpin Group, Inc. Receives Global Citizenship Award at Cartus 2016 Global Network Conference

October 11, 2016

Arpin Group, Inc. was honored with a Global Citizenship Award at Cartus Corporation’s 2016 Global Network Conference, held October 3-4 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, for its corporate social responsibility initiatives. The Cartus Global Network is Cartus’ industry-leading worldwide service provider network, and the company’s Global Citizenship Award recognizes a deeper appreciation for the companies and individuals in the Network who have exemplified Cartus’ core values of service, collaboration, and respect—all fundamental aspects of good global citizenship. The theme of this year’s conference was “Exceeding Customer Expectations.”

Arpin Group Enhances Its Regulatory Compliance Program for Its Growing Worldwide Supply Chain

September 27, 2016

Arpin Group has contracted Dow Jones Risk and Compliance to enhance its anti-bribery, anti-corruption and third-party due diligence compliance screening and monitoring program as the international household goods mover grows its global supply chain.

Marco Uriati Appointed to Chief Operating Officer of Arpin Group

September 14, 2016

Arpin Group has appointed its chief legal officer, Marco P. Uriati, to the position of chief operating officer. He will retain both titles.

Sherry Wang Joins Arpin International Group China as Global Business Development Executive

August 22, 2016

Sherry Wang has joined Arpin International Group China as a global business development executive.

BREXIT | How To Prepare Positively For The Future

July 19, 2016

The old English adage ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ has never been more relevant then now as the UK stands up to its knees in uncertainty in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Now that some of the initial debris has settled, we are grabbing our tools and emerging to navigate our way through the muddy Post-Brexit waters. So what next?

SOLAS Update – What To Expect

July 14, 2016

According to most global supply chain reports, the implementation of the July 1 Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weighing rule has gone smoothly from an operational perspective. However, the application of additional fees has varied widely and remains unpredictable as supply chain partners continue to access the previously unknown cost of compliance. In total, 162 Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) member countries are parties to the convention and are subject to its requirements. 

Worldwide ERC Awards 3 Arpin Group Employees with CRP Designations

June 27, 2016

Arpin Group has announced that three of its employees have earned their Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®) designations through Worldwide ERC®. They are:

Arpin Strong Golf Tournament Raises $30,800 for Charity

June 21, 2016

The Arpin Charitable Fund announced this week that its Third Annual Arpin Strong Golf Tournament, held at the New England Country Club in Bellingham, Mass., has successfully raised $30,800 for charity.

EPA Recognizes Arpin Group for Environmental Achievements

June 16, 2016

Arpin Group was recognized at the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New England regional office this month. The environmental leaders were among three dozen recipients across New England honored for helping to improve New England’s environment.

Supporting The Stop Concussions Foundation One Puck At A Time

June 16, 2016

Arpin International Group sponsors Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Classic in support of Stop Concussions Foundation

Arpin International Group has become the official international freight forwarder of the 2016 Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Classic and will help directly support the Stop Concussions Foundation.

The Impact of the Latest Amendment to the Safety Of Life At Sea Treaty

May 26, 2016

What it is, what to expect, and how to prepare.

Mary Sortal Joins Arpin Group as Client Services Manager

May 23, 2016

Arpin Group announced this week that Mary Sortal has joined the company as client services manager.

Arpin Group promotes Karen Bannon to communications project manager

May 12, 2016

Karen Bannon has been promoted to communications project manager at Arpin Group.

Bannon will capitalize on the new ways people produce and consume information by developing quality, results-driven content that is fresh and engaging. She will continue to assist with Arpin’s marketing and communication efforts for all divisions through the development and implementation of marketing strategies, messaging, branding, media relations and corporate social responsibility outreach efforts.

Arpin Group Promotes Karen Bannon to Communications Project Manager

May 12, 2016

Karen Bannon has been promoted to communications project manager at Arpin Group.

Bannon will capitalize on the new ways people produce and consume information by developing quality, results-driven content that is fresh and engaging. She will continue to assist with Arpin’s marketing and communication efforts for all divisions through the development and implementation of marketing strategies, messaging, branding, media relations and corporate social responsibility outreach efforts.

Driving Restrictions: Mexico City

April 18, 2016

The Mexican government has issued motor vehicle operating restrictions in Mexico City which will be enforced from April 4 – June 30, 2016. The term of this policy may be extended following government review. The restrictions apply to ALL vehicles i.e., trucks, taxis, personal autos, etc. The purpose of the operating restrictions is to reduce pollution. The government estimates that this policy will remove one million vehicles from operating daily.

 

Al Fuchs joins Arpin International Group as Director of Global Pricing

April 02, 2016

Al Fuchs has joined Arpin International Group this month as director of global pricing.

Arpin International Group Opens First Customer Care Center in Australia

March 22, 2016

Arpin International Group has opened its newest international customer care center in Melbourne, the company’s first in Australia. The office will expand Arpin’s services, assisting corporate personnel who are moving to and from the region.

Service Interruption Alert – Venezuela

March 17, 2016

The government of Venezuela announced today that the country will be observing holy week beginning Sunday, March 20 thru Sunday, March 27, 2016. During this time, public and private sector businesses will be closed and only food, medicine, and emergency vehicles will be allowed to travel.

Your Arpin service team is aware of all inbound and outbound shipments and has planned accordingly to minimize any inconvenience to the relocating family. For urgent matters, contact your Arpin International Group Move Coordinator.

Arpin Strong Increases Fundraising 62% in 2015

March 03, 2016

The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, announced in its 2015 year-end report that it has raised $60,000 and donated to 30 charitable organizations.

Global Ban on the Inclusion of Hoverboards in Household Goods Shipments

February 25, 2016

Effective immediately, hoverboards are banned from inclusion in ALL domestic and international household goods shipments. Arpin implemented this policy following numerous reports of the devices spontaneously erupting into flames. Between December of last year and February 2016, more than 50 hoverboard-related fires have been reported in the U.S., causing an estimated $2 million worth of damage*. 

Arpin International Group Receives 2015 Gold Award from FIDI

January 29, 2016

For the third year in a row, Arpin International Group has earned the Commitment to Excellence Gold Award from FIDI, the largest global alliance of independent quality international removal companies.

United States Continues to Ban Air Shipments from Egypt

January 27, 2016

Amidst continued national security concerns, the United States has decided to continue its ban on air cargo shipments entering the country from Egypt following the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268. The downing of the flight, originally bound for Russia in October 2015, was found to be the result of a terrorist act. 

White Paper: Understanding Common Factors That Impact Transit Time On International Shipments.

January 23, 2016

Have you ever been asked, “How long will a household goods shipment take to get from A to B?” This is one of the first questions that an assignee will ask when discussing their upcoming relocation.

Strike At Port Of Lisbon, Portugal

December 28, 2015

Arpin International Group has learned that a strike by workers at the Port of Lisbon, Portugal is causing significant delays for inbound and outbound household goods shipments. The strike, which began on November 14, is expected to continue through December 31, 2015.

Shanghai Customs – New Process

July 03, 2015

Due to an overwhelming volume of export customs applications during July 2015, Shanghai Customs has announced a large backlog of shipments as well as a full Customs-bonded warehouse.
With that, effective immediately, it has issued a new process for export customs clearance, which in fact, may cause serious inconveniences and even costs to transferees and their sponsor companies.  For the moment, this process pertains to Full Container Load (FCL) and has not yet been implemented for smaller Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments.  And till now, no changes to Air shipment export requirements.