Chinese New Year 2020: tips for importers
27 November 2019
On 25 January 2020, the year of the Rat begins for the Chinese. This also marks the start of the Chinese New Year, which will last until 8 February. This holiday causes a shortage of shipping capacity every year. It is therefore important to take this into account as an importer.
Chinese New Year close to peak season
The first day of Chinese New Year is different every year, but is always somewhere between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated from Saturday 25 January to Saturday 8 February. And that’s quite early. This means that the Chinese New Year fits in almost seamlessly with the peak season that runs from December to January. And that could well cause additional capacity problems.
Weeks of pressure on shipping capacity
The festivities around the Chinese New Year last two weeks. This is the most important and longest holiday period in China. Moreover, many Chinese citizens extend this holiday period by a few days. As a result, many organisations have to deal with minimal staffing levels in the weeks before and after the Chinese New Year. All this has a major impact on imports and exports.
We therefore advise you to take the Chinese New Year into account in your planning. And even more than usual this time, as the peak season is very close to it. So place your bookings on time to avoid problems with shipping capacity. This will prevent your shipment from being unable to sail on the scheduled date of departure and from being delayed.
Planning to and from Asia
Countries in Asia have many more holidays than the Netherlands. So on a regular basis, work there is suspended for one or more days. If you are not aware of this, it can cause serious issues with your planning schedules.
In order to help customers with their planning, Ritra Cargo has developed the Holiday Calendar for Production Countries. It contains all holidays in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Every year, our agents provide us with the exact data, which we process in the Holiday Calendar. You’ll not find such a reliable and user-friendly overview anywhere else.
Download the 2019 Holiday Calendar for Production Countries immediately (2020 version available soon).
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