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.
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.