Often when our clients enquire about the transit time for their container to reach their port, we like to add a week over the transit time stated by the shipping line.
To this they often come back stating that their forwarding company told them it takes a week less.
In the first part of this series we looked at what the “Chinese New Year” is all about & what happens in China during this time while in the second part, we focused on the impact of the Chinese New Year on “Production Timings” & “Product quality” as well as how Chinese factories normally prioritize their orders and clients.
In this part of the series on Chinese New Year, we look at the logistics situation in China during this period & how it impacts the entire supply chain, especially in regard to “delivery times” & “logistics costs”. Being aware of the logistics situation during this time of the year is important for importers not only because of delays to shipments but also because new importers are often surprised at the steep freight rate increases during this period.
In the first part of this series we looked at what the “Chinese New Year” is all about & what happens in China during this time.
In this part on the “Chinese New Year” series, we look at the impact of Chinese New Year on “Production Timings” as well as “Product quality”. We also briefly discussed the criteria factories often used to prioritize which orders hit the production lines first.
Production Time during the Chinese New Year
“Production Timings” are often longer during the Chinese New Year period, especially “after” the holiday due to the pile up of orders during the holidays. However, even before the holiday, the time taken to produce the goods if often longer, as most importers, especially experienced importers tend to buy more in order to “Stock Up”. Some of the factors that may influence how much longer your production timings may be from the norm, include: