Happy New Year and of course, Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

China’s most important festival, also known as Spring Festival will be here before you know it. Most businesses in China and Hong Kong (as well as many other Asian nations) close for a week and sometimes longer in order for staff to travel to be with their families for the celebrations. This can cause delays in obtaining Customs Clearance documentation for Australian businesses importing cargo from China and elsewhere in the region.

The official date for celebration is 16 February 2018, however factories and freight forwarders will take their vacations from 15 February to 22 February 2018. Many factories close even earlier so it’s best to confirm with your individual suppliers.


  • Hong Kong Offices Closed 16 February, returning 20 February
  • China Offices Closed 15 February, returning 22 February

In order to avoid any delays receiving documentation over this period please ensure that your supplier provides all documentation including any applicable original bills of lading, fumigation certificates and packing declarations.  Delays in receiving documentation can result in significant storage and demurrage costs.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please call your Magellan Client Services team member on 1300 651 888.


  • 2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog
  • The Chinese Horoscope 2018 predicts that this year is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. You will be happy, yet frustrated, rested, yet tired, cheerful, yet dull!
  • The ruling number 9 will bring prosperity to all houses with that number and their occupants, regardless of the zodiac sign.
  • Those born under auspices of the dog are honest, friendly and trustworthy. They are protective, generous in their love and have a strong sense of justice. They are also intuitive, good judges of character and are able to figure out human nature almost instantly.
  • Famous people born in the Year of the Dog include: Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Judi Dench, Liza Minelli, Prince William, Queen Latifah, Shirley MacLaine, Socrates, and Donald Trump (the only US President not to own a dog!)
  • Years of the Dog include: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

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