New Year may be a distant memory for some by the time we roll back into the office after enjoying some well-deserved time off, but for China its only just around the corner. Recognised as one of the biggest global celebrations of the year, and with production factories closing up shop for the festivities and the knock-on effects that ensue, you will want to make sure you are prepared for any possible delays and disruptions if China is playing a key part in your supply chain management.

So, when is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year falls this year on 05/02/2019, although the national public holidays include it’s eve and run from 04/02/2019 through to 10/02/2019. However, these dates do not truly reflect how long the country winds down for, as anywhere as much as a few weeks before and a few weeks after the day itself can involve a vital part of your supply chain not moving, whether it be an office, a factory, a transportation company and so on. So, its best to prepare for a month of potential disruptions, running from mid-January all the way up to mid-February.

What can I do?

As with any festive periods and the disruptions that come with them, the Chinese New Year is all about preparing well in advance. Getting any necessary orders in as early as possible is about the best single advice that can be given, and the early the better. We would advise to give yourself at least a 3-week cut-off prior for any final orders that need to be made during the period. It is also worthwhile keeping in mind that all this has knock-on effects, i.e. Shipping Lines will start skipping ports with blank sailings due to the lower output in Chinese production, so space on vessels can become scarce and planning well in advance can help alleviate any such issues.

What can I do?

As with any Festive periods and the disruptions that come with them, the Chinese New Year is all about preparing well in advance. Getting any necessary orders in as early as possible is about the best single advice that can be given, and the early the better. We would advise to give yourself at least a 3-week cut-off prior for any final orders that need to be made during the period. It is also worthwhile keeping in mind that all this has knock on effects, i.e. Shipping Lines will start skipping ports with blank sailings due to the lower output in Chinese production, so space on vessels can become scarce and planning well in advance can help alleviate any such issues.

Can I start preparing for subsequent Chinese New Year’s now?

Absolutely! There is no harm in making plans early and the sooner you make yourself aware of the disruption periods, the sooner you can start making contingencies so you and your supply chain are not caught off guard. The dates follow a different calendar and so change each and every year.

  • 2020 Year of the Rat 25/01/2020
  • 2021 Year of the Ox 12/02/2021

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your supply chain and movement of your goods during the Chinese New Year then please do not hesitate contact Banks & Lloyd.

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