Chinese New Year for Beginners
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.
On-Line Shoppers Could Soon Be Faced With the Same Charges as Other Importers
You go on-line and purchase some books ex Amazon which duly arrive at your doorstep G.S.T free, with no border costs.
Now just imagine the Government changes the law, creates an ‘even playing-field’ situation when it comes to imports.
You’ll need to now add the N.Z Customs Import Transaction Fee of $25.44 a MPI Biosecurity levy, which with GST totals $49.24.
After-all these costs are paid by the N.Z Publishing Agents for the books when they import their stock – so it’s only fair the rules should be consistent.
And why should a private importer get their goods Customs Cleared free by the state when a commercial importer has to employ a Customs Broker or go to the trouble themselves?
So on to that $49.24 you will need to add say another $75.00 = NZ$125.00 on top of the price of anything crossing the border.
But wait there’s more!
Then there’s the 15% G.S.T itself that’s payable not just on the books but the freight as well.
Those books suddenly don’t look such a good deal.
The Government can’t simply exempt one set of importers from the costs of border control, collection of taxes when this sector is so large, and growing.
Yes, this is ‘a can of worms’ but politicians need to act consistently and fairly.
Mass Fumigation for Stink Bug targeted products from the United States
Further to our article posted on 06th May regarding MPI’s campaign to prevent Stink Bug importation from the United States the current reality for all importers of vehicles and machinery parts sourced and shipped from the USA is: your product will require fumigation.
Shipped = Sea Freighted.
The costs incurred undertaking fumigation we are trying to diminish by ‘mass fumigation’ of MPI targeted goods rather than fumigating every single shipment.
Mass fumigation allows us to split the cost amongst several importers.
It may however mean a delay to the delivery, but we can let you choose which avenue you wish to pursue and the costs involved.
Chris and Rhonda here will keep you in the picture on a case-by-case basis.
For reasons that defy logic Air-Freight consignments have currently escaped this regime.
Evidently stink-bugs, despite their wings, don’t like flying.
We don’t make the rules here – we just play to them.