Chinese New year shipments 2016
Chinese New Year, aka the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, falls on the 8th of February next year. We strongly advise customers who require orders to be shipped prior to start planning now, as the months before CNY are extremely busy. There is typically a vast increase of bookings leading up to the national holiday in China and carriers will have limited space. It is also worth noting that there are public holidays running in the country from the 7th to the 13th of February, so keep that in mind.
If you require any assistance or advice regarding shipments in and out of China during this period, do not hesitate to contact a member of our friendly team.
Years ago, the Chinese New Year had little bearing on the rest of the world. But as China has cemented itself as ‘The factory of the world’, the impact outside the country has become more prominent, especially as the majority of manufacturers will be away during these days.
So what can you do if you need your shipment to depart from China before CNY?
1. Keep in contact with and get regular updates from your supplier to ensure your shipment is on schedule.
Find out about production speed and leave enough time to account for potential quality faults during production. Workers will be under a lot of pressure to complete their work before the holidays begin and mistakes can happen.
2. Leave at least 2 weeks for booking and an additional week in anticipation of any delays.
Factories will be working overtime to ship as many orders as they can as the New Year approaches. It is possible your shipment could be rolled over to the next available vessel due to limited space. This is why it is important to find a reliable, experienced freight forwarder and also plan well in advance in preparation for CNY. Not doing so could result in delays to delivery and offset orders by weeks!
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