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Arpin Group Adds U.S./Canada Cross-Border Staff in Toronto

May 26, 2010

Arpin Group, Inc. this month has added two new staff members to its offices in the Toronto metropolitan area in an effort to centralize and streamline operations as well as to enhance customer service. All dispatch and customer service functions pertaining to U.S./Canadian cross-border moves will now be handled from a single location in greater Toronto.

South Africa Transport Strike Affecting Import/Exports

May 18, 2010

Operations at national ports in South Africa (Durban, Cape Town, and East London) are at a standstill due to a national strike by approximately 50,000 workers of the state-owned rail and port operator, Transnet, Ltd.

Arpin International (UK) Ltd. Renews FIDI/FAIM Accreditation

May 11, 2010

Arpin International Group’s UK branch has recently renewed its FIDI-FAIM accreditation. FIDI is the largest global alliance of quality independent international removal companies.

Arpin Group Acquires Affiliated Transportation Systems

May 03, 2010

Arpin Group today announced it acquired the stock of Affiliated Transportation Systems (ATSI) and eight related companies. ATSI is a household goods transportation service provider located in Lawton, Oklahoma, and primarily serves military personnel.

“This acquisition will provide significant opportunities for Arpin Van Lines’ agents to pack and haul shipments that are booked by ATSI,” said David Arpin, president and CEO of Arpin Group.

ATSI and its related companies own or manage 22 military authorities with over $32 million in billings in 2009.

All of ATSI’s operations will continue in place in Lawton, Oklahoma, and be operated independently of the Arpin companies. Ron McDonald, ATSI senior vice president, will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the acquired companies and report to Matt Dolan, Arpin Group’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Major Congestion Expected at Asian Ports

April 12, 2010

Please note that ports throughout Asia are currently experiencing major congestion affecting export shipments. Due to the current economic climate, most major carriers have experienced considerable financial hardship, and as a result, have decreased their fleets and therefore, their capacity significantly. As a consequence, they have been unable to meet the current market demand, and while a global issue, this shortage is currently being felt most severely in China and throughout Asia.

Arpin International Group Receives Two Weichert Awards for Customer Satisfaction

April 07, 2010

Arpin International Group has won two awards from Weichert Relocation Resources, (WRRI), a leading relocation and assignment management company, for outstanding customer satisfaction survey scores.

Arpin Group 2010 E-Waste Collection

April 05, 2010

Arpin Group to help Rhode Island residents and businesses recycle computers and shred documents to benefit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Special fundraising e-waste collection open to public for one day only – April 24

Arpin Group will host an e-waste recycling collection and document-shredding event on Saturday, April 24, with proceeds going to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. The collection will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Rte 114), Bristol, R.I.

A minimum donation of $.20 per pound is highly encouraged for most items, but certain items such as air conditioners will require an extra disposal fee. All donations collected from e-waste recycling benefit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. 

Historic Flooding In Rhode Island

March 31, 2010

Cranston, RIDue to the severe flooding in the state of Rhode Island and surrounding areas, roads and highways are closed and the state has been declared a disaster area. Many of our staff and management at both Arpin Van Lines and Arpin International Group have experienced flooding in their homes and others are unable to get to the offices due to road and highway closures and flooding.

At this time, both Arpin Van Lines and Arpin International Group are open but working with reduced staff.

We ask for your patience and understanding over the next couple of days.

Chinese Customs’ Regulations Update

March 23, 2010

We have been informed that beginning Friday March 19, 2010, Shanghai customs authorities will inspect ALL import and export air freight shipments for literature considered to be defamatory, critical, or subversive towards China and its government. Though not specified, we believe that any literature concerning the Dalai Lama, Xinjang riots, the Tiananmen Square incident, Tibetan emancipation, Taiwan independence, as well as general criticism(s) of China will be included in this sweeping regulation.

Natasza Przybylska Joins Arpin International Group in Ireland as Multilingual Move Coordinator

March 19, 2010

Natasza Przybylska has joined Arpin International Group as a multilingual move coordinator in its growing customer service centre in Dublin, Ireland.