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When the COVID-19 pandemic started last year, the world witnessed a slowing down or complete halt of global shipments. However, slowly, as demand started building up over a period of time, the situation became worse and started impacting the mobility programmes of businesses as well as their international assignments.

In these challenging times, we, Writer Relocations, as one of the leading international movers and global mobility players, want to ensure you face minimum hassles, if at all. Therefore, in this blog we discuss the detailed household goods challenges, as well as vital recommendations that businesses can follow to help bring down the impact that shipment delays have on move journeys.

Reduction in Departures from the Ports

  • Many shipping companies have drastically cut down the number of departures out of ports. In many places, the weekly routes have been abridged to sometimes just two in a week, and even once a month, too, in certain cases.
  • However, it’s mostly dependent on restriction norms and the demands that are generated accordingly.
  • The productivity ratio at the ports has also gone down as a consequence of that, as well as the fact that the number of dockworkers has been reduced to abide by the social distancing restrictions.

APAC is a very vital region that is especially witnessing considerable delays. The shipments are being hindered by a considerable imbalance of empty containers located in the Western regions, without any provisions being made to return them to ports in the APAC, where there is a genuine need.

Increased Expenses

  • The decline in the number of shipments along with an imbalance of containers has led to a rise in the freight rates, especially in APAC.
  • The increased expenses when it comes to the sea freight rates has led to an escalation in demand for air transport, thereby elevating the prices there, too.

What Writer Relocations Proposes

  • Vigilance and preparation are the crucial elements in this scenario. If your business has planned moves that contain household goods shipments, then ensure that the relocation services provider you have chosen gets to know of this as early as possible.This will help to make sure the mobility schedule does not get hampered at all, even in the face of all possible delays due to the pandemic.
  • Setting realistic expectations. It is obvious that the international assignees will be experiencing longer-than-expected wait times during these challenging times.Delay in the arrival of the household goods will be inevitable and assignees need to be told of this beforehand so that there are no confusions later on.
  • The relocation budget must reflect potential overhead and other supplementary costs. Again, this has to be discussed and decided upon from the very beginning itself. Now, it’s taken that the transport and freight rates have increased considerably, and because of that (and otherwise, too), employees might experience significantly long delays in receiving their cargo.

In such a scenario, it’s best for the assignees to hold up in temporary accommodations.

Writer Relocations provides Temporary Accommodation services, especially for the assignees under these circumstances. The assignees can also avail furniture rental options in places that are available, which can be considered as a provisional arrangement. To know about our Temporary Accommodation services in detail, do visit our webpage.

Writer Relocations continues to work closely with a few chosen and selected household goods partners to make sure we follow measures to reduce the impact of the difficult times that we are in.

Our endeavour remains to be of assistance to our customers, no matter how trying the situation might be.

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