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Mis-declared weights on containers has been a global issue for decades.

For example back in 2012 Ukraine Customs weighed all containers discharged in Ukrainian ports. It was found that 56 percent of the containers had an actual weight greater than the weight stated in the carrier’s cargo manifest.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has acted to ensure the vessel safety.

The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) now requires the shipper to be responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight.

This is a mandatory global requirement effective 01st July 2016.

A packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been provided.

Estimating the weight is not permissible.

Import rates into N.Z ex Asia are at an all-time low and as they say “What goes down must…”

This period of ‘golden weather’ is over.

Shipping-lines have signalled periodic increases to all import sea-freight rates ex Asia starting in August.

Expect to hear specifics shortly.

Chinese New Year (CNY) aka the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday season in China.

So when is the Chinese New Year?

Well it’s the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Okay you don’t know the Chinese lunar calendar.

In short the ‘new year’ falls on different dates.

In 2017 it starts on Saturday, January 28th.

In 2018 it changes to Friday, February 16th.

Lasts for 7 days.

Hardworking Chinese live for the Chinese New Year Holiday.

For many factory workers CNY is the only major holiday they get all year.

In reality it is THE holiday celebrated by ALL Chinese.

Everything stops.

It’s not like Christmas here where companies run on skeleton staff, trucks travel, shops are open, ships sail etc.

When we say everything stops – we mean it.

From a freight perspective the pressure goes on to get space and ensure the product leaves the factory to make the sailing.

Invariably there is always a backlog.

Vessel’s are over-booked, space is tight.

Prior booking months in advance and keeping-the-pressure on the supplier to schedule release before they close-up, things close-up are the keys.

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