Chinese New Year is the first day of the year in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, or simply the Lunar New Year, is the most important and longest of all Chinese holidays. The first day of the Chinese New Year 2018, the year of the dog, will be celebrated Thursday, February 15, 2018, until February 21, 2018. As you might imagine, given the prominence of Chinese global commerce, the holiday has a huge impact on global supply chains around the world.
Government, construction, and factories are generally closed for most of the Spring Festival (including the Logistics Plus offices in China), while ports and customs usually operate with a skeleton staff focusing on perishable priority items. Many manufacturers treat the holiday as an annual break and will subsequently shut down for two weeks or longer. With this year’s holiday falling a full 19 days later than it did in 2017, the 2018 Chinese New Year will be different, with normal freight flows resuming in mid- to late March, according to John Paul Hampstead, staff writer for FreightWaves.com.
If you have Chinese imports or exports, hopefully you have already planned ahead for this annual supply chain disruption (most suppliers have probably already stopped accepting orders until after the holiday). Different manufacturers might have different schedules, so it is best to coordinate individually with each of your overseas suppliers. Planning and coordination are key to ensuring your supply chain continues to run smoothly before, during, and after the Chinese New Year.
If you need help shifting your supply chain back into high-gear following the Chinese New Year, the global import & export experts at Logistics Plus are here to help. As a top freight forwarder and NVOCC, we can help you secure affordable air freight and ocean freight transportation, and we can provide you with customs brokerage and global trade compliance support. Shipping documents (e.g., BOL entry, arrival notice, custom filings), tariff filings, VGM submissions, cargo tracking, freight rate management, and more – we’ve got you covered! Once your goods arrive in the U.S., we can provide warehousing and fulfillment and transportation solutions as needed too. Contact us today!
PS: As a reminder, Logistics Plus China offices will also be closed from February 15 through February 21 for the holiday. Those offices will resume normal operations on February 22. During that time period, all other Logistics Plus locations stand ready to help you with your international shipping needs.