The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, starts on 12 February 2021 and lasts for 5-15 days, depending on location and variations due to the pandemic. Expect more days than usual affecting business this year.
During this period all offices, ports, factories, and public services in China will be closed and hundreds of millions of Chinese will travel around the country to celebrate the festival.
The celebration of the most important national holiday in China is approaching, and you need to be aware of how this will affect your business.
The impact on transportation & your supply chain
The increasing freight volumes towards the Chinese New Year usually creates enormous pressure on capacity and shortage of space from China and the Far East.
At the same time, prices are pushed up by airlines and shipping lines, and containers may be selected based on the highest profit to the carrier. This can result in cargo being offloaded and bookings being cancelled to make room for better-paid goods.
Furthermore, the Chinese customs authorities are likely to conduct holiday procedures, meaning increased processing time, and truck services for pick-up and delivery in China will be affected by the many drivers on holiday.
To ensure delivery on time, we recommend all cargo from China and the Far East to be booked as early as possible.
Further delays in production
It´s a fact that factories never know how many of their laborers will return after Chinese New Year. This is a time when many workers try to find a better job. For the factories this means another two weeks to have enough employees to produce at full capacity. This of course causes further delays in production.
- Expect at least a 2-3-week delay and likely longer as the factory races to catch up once the holiday is over.
- Try to inform your customers as early as possible.
- We suggest shipping by LCL. Pick the most important goods. It is better to ship some (even though it may be to a higher cost), than to lose customer orders because of a holiday.
Most people in China longs for this holiday, it´s not only the manufacturers, but also businesses at large cities. You are likely to experience radio silence across the entire country including your suppliers, agents, and partners
COVID-19 has resurgence in some provinces in China. Some northern provinces/cities are reported to have some local cases and showing signs of transmission. Therefore, for this Chinese New Year, some workers might not be able to return home, as they are required to do 14-day quarantine and have COVID test before allowed back to the city where they work.
Read more and download a guide about the top three strategies that will help you to avoid a Chinese New Year logistics headache.
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