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In this post, Rob Stone, Vice President Client Services discusses some of the potential challenges facing organizations shipping their mobile employees household goods internationally. Rob will be speaking on this topic during the upcoming CERC Future-Proofing Mobility Conference on Monday, September 16th from 3:45-5:00pm alongside Roy Phelps, Quality Move Management and James Spearing, PwC Canada.
International Moving: Navigating Troubled Waters
These days, managing a responsible global mobility program involves striking a balance between several competing forces within the current global climate such as shifting regulations, unstable geopolitical environments, the demand for greater flexibility leading to the increase in DIY mobility programs, and the marked increase in unpredictable, sometimes volatile weather conditions.
The international household goods moving process provides a great backdrop to explore some of the areas that have become more critical recently and examine the complexities around the factors impact household goods shipping costs and result in potential delays. In particular, global economic and social-political conditions are increasingly affecting the ability to manage and move household goods around the world, with protectionism, terrorism, labour conflict and talent shortages a few of the issues facing companies who move your mobile employees’ goods.
The Potential Challenges and Unforeseen Delays
Let’s face it…moving is stressful at the best of times! This is compounded when relocating internationally and has the potential to negatively affect the assignee experience. Given the complex nature of international shipping, the three big challenges include:
Multiple, global stakeholders: managing an effective move requires the skillful oversight and involvement of the following integral parties:
Highly valuable/emotional cargo: Family heirlooms and antiques, cherished family photos, artwork, and a myriad of highly intrinsic valued items all add to the stress.
Complex process: There are numerous opportunities for unforeseen delays or added costs when moving internationally. While not an exhaustive list, some of the more common factors include:
Understanding the challenges of international household goods shipment, can ensure that issues are mitigated, and realistic expectations are set from the out-set.