In connection with the Chinese New Year, which takes place from January 31 to February 6, 2022, we bring some useful information for our customers.
Most factories close one week before and up to 1-3 weeks after the Chinese New Year, as it is common for Chinese people to travel home to their families.
If you are importing from China, please note the following:
- Check the delivery times of the factories to make sure that most orders are shipped well in advance of the Chinese New Year.
- Make a plan with your freight forwarder as the period affects the schedules and the available capacity.
- Check the opening hours of your factory and when they can deliver again after the holiday period has ended.
Impact on freight rates
During this period, you might experience a significant price increase. From December, shipping prices usually increase due to the rising demand. Furthermore, because of the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 mutations, the logistics supply is expected to be low due to restrictions worldwide. E.g., we still experience ports closing down without any notice from day to day, which influences the flow and the price.
Shipping tips for the Chinese New Year
- Make a delivery plan in advance with suppliers and freight forwarders.
- Try to avoid orders at short notice.
- Book your transports well in advance – preferably 2-3 weeks before departure for sea freight.
- Terminals and warehouses are congested in the weeks before the Chinese New Year, so make sure to check the sailing plans if you have LCL movements.
- Air freight and rail transport are alternatives for urgent deliveries. However, flights must be scheduled a few weeks in advance.
- Check everything again and get the schedule confirmed with everyone involved in the pre-holiday period.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact your local FREJAN.