Chinese New Year is early this year (25th January) so make sure you have all your shipments in order asap to ensure your goods are safely at their destination before the country shuts down.
Celebrations begin on 25th January but last up to ten days, and can mean Chinese companies are closed for some time. Unlike the UK where many companies continue to trade, EVERYTHING shuts throughout China. This impacts the supply chain and has quite and, in turn, on world trade.
For smaller shipments (Less than Container Load or LCL) get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your options.
For larger FCL or full container load is used for larger shipments. As space is at a premium due to the rush to ship before the holiday, those wishing to ship this way need to apply to an agent for space/availability. This will be limited and subject to haulage availability. Again, please get in touch!
Please be aware rates will be at a premium in the run up to Chinese New Year.
Airfreight will see a rise in demand due to the lack of available shipping.This will inevitably affect the cost and available spaces for airfreight, so this option can be costly.
After the holiday
There is good news for those who can wait until after the holiday. After the rush to ship everything before the new year begins, there is generally no backlog when companies begin operating again. To rejuvenate growth, rates are typically reduced meaning it can be a very cost effective time to ship.