The moving season for service members and their families, running from May to September, faces challenges due to ongoing labor shortages, specifically truck drivers. However, changes to regulations, including handling of specific items and replacement costs for lost or damaged goods, are expected to improve the process. Transitioning to a new Global Household Goods contract is also underway, but its effects will not be experienced until after this moving season.
- Labor shortages, particularly truck drivers, are an ongoing problem affecting the moving season for service members and their families.
- Improvements have been made to the regulations for permanent change of station moves, particularly in relation to handling specific items and the replacement costs for lost or damaged goods.
- The service members’ moves this season will still be conducted under the old household goods process, as the transition to the new Global Household Goods contract is still ongoing.
- The new contract’s processes won’t be implemented until September when a phased roll-out will begin.
- Uncertainty surrounding changes to regulations and the new contract has left moving companies cautious about their future investments, potentially affecting their hiring and preparation for this moving season.