On Thursday, 30 April, the U.S. Transportation Command TRANSCOM awarded the US military Global Household Goods contract to a consortium headed by American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group, Inc (ARC). This 3-year contract is estimated at over 7 billion US$, covering more than 400,000 military moves per year.
According to ARC’s press release, ARC and its affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.- flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) fleet. ARC will manage the contract through the following partners, presented as "Team ARC": UniGroup (United Van Lines and Mayflower Van Lines), Atlas World Group (Atlas Van Lines), Suddath, The Pasha Group and Deloitte.
According to ARC, "under [the global household goods contract], a single commercial move manager was appointed to oversee activities that relate to the domestic and international movement and storage-in-transit of household goods. ARC will provide all personnel, equipment, facilities, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and services necessary to provide global Household Goods (HHG) relocation services."
As stated by the Federal News Network, TRANSCOM and ARC will work on integrating processes and IT systems over the next nine months. The first move under the new system is scheduled to take place in February 2021. If all goes according to plan, ARC will be fully in charge of all domestic and international moves by the summer of 2022.
This decision by the U.S. DoD will have far-reaching effects on the international moving and relocation market.
More information can be found in this article published by US military news website, www.military.com