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First Arpin Strong Virtual 5K Walk & Run Raises Over $5,000 For Charity

June 10, 2021

The Arpin Charitable Fund announced today that its first Arpin Strong 5K Walk & Run, held virtually due to the COVID pandemic, has successfully raised $5,089 for charity. The Arpin Charitable Fund, also known as Arpin Strong, was formed to help those in need during natural disasters, or when unfortunate circumstances arise, by participating in […]

Severe Port Congestion Expected to Impact Shipments Moving Through the Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

June 02, 2021

Extreme congestion at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) in Shenzhen, China is impacting the timely importation of household goods and personal effects’ shipments into the country. Yard density continues to remain high and timely processing of shipments has been further hampered by a recent spike in COVID infections among port workers.   Although the […]

Industry Updates – Peak Season 2021

May 26, 2021

Arpin International Group would like to share important industry updates that will impact the cost and movement of household goods and personal effects during the remainder of 2021. Lumber, packing material, paper, and box prices continue to increase: The price of lumber, packing material, paper and boxes continue to increase, directly impacting costs for domestic […]

Mark Greene joins the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council

May 13, 2021

Mark Greene, Senior Vice President, Global Operations for Arpin Group, joins the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council (GWERC) as its new Programs Elect. The mission of the GWERC is to serve as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among professionals involved in the field of relocation. Greene […]

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 […]