Belgian movers announce price hike

The Belgian moving industry says it expects significant price increases in 2022 as the result of the growth in costs of materials, fuel and transport.

According to a statement by Bertil Durieux, Chairman of the Belgian Association of Removers (BKV), companies in the transport sector are warning customers about price rises of 8 per cent, while logistics business are expecting an increase of 9 per cent.

He said costs of materials including ‘moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap…as well as tyres, fuel and means of transport (such as trucks) have increased by 10 to 30 percent.’

‘Personnel costs are also rising as a result of sectoral negotiations in connection with the 2021/2022 wage agreement and the announced wage indexation of ± 2.2 percent that will have to be applied as of 1/12/2021,’ he said.

A tighter labour market and staff shortages were adding to structural increases in costs, he added.

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