Posted on December 06, 2018
National Day or so called Golden Week started on 1st October and officially ended on the 7th. Golden week has been celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2000. It is one of two such weeks of celebration each year where the country virtually close and business comes to a standstill. China announced this long holiday to encourage domestic tourism and allow families to make long distance family visits, more than 480 million Chinese will travel between the holiday.
What's the impact?
Chinese customs will not accept import clearance during the holidays. Therefore, import shipments cannot be handled from 29th September to 7th October. A further demand for space is expected in the week leading up to Golden Week and the week after which cause the freight cost to be higher and space tighter than normal.
What to do for the Golden week in terms of logistics?
“Do the planning ahead” is the best advice. Try to avoid planning any shipments in or out from China during the week. For ocean shipments, book two to three weeks prior to Golden Week; for air shipments: book at least one week prior to Golden Week. For importing shipments, it is essential that we have a check list of all customs clearance documents and get them ready before the holiday shipments can be cleared as soon as the holiday ends.
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