Happy Chinese New Year 2021.
Spring Festival runs until 22 February. The public holiday in China for Chinese New Year (CNY) is from 12
February to 17 February 2021.
The official date for the celebration is Friday 12 February 2021; however, many factories close earlier so
it’s best to confirm with your own suppliers. Additionally, as you know, space and equipment shortages remain
the biggest problem ahead of the holiday.
To avoid any delays in your customs broker receiving documentation over this period please ensure your
supplier provides all documentation including any applicable original bills of lading, fumigation certificates
and packing declarations before the holiday begins.
OUR OFFICES IN CHINA & HONG KONG WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE HOLIDAY AS BELOW.
China offices closed from 11 – 17 February (returning Thursday 18
Hong Kong office closed from 12 – 15 February (returning Tuesday 16 February)
FCL & LCL SPACE
Due to most factories shutting down during this period and beyond, the factories/exporters will try and accommodate
as many shipments as possible before the holiday. Space is therefore expected to be very tight from January.
We recommend making bookings and confirming them at least 21 days in advance to avoid delays
As we have seen in previous years congestion at the ports and the capacity for shipping lines to accept too
many bookings per vessel can cause rolled containers. It is wise to have an additional week for your ETA.
China Customs generally arrange skeleton staff on duty or half-day during CNY at most bigger seaports. There
will be reduced efficiency because of fewer working staff and hours. Moreover, customs brokers, trucking
companies and LCL warehouse operations stop working. Therefore, we would suggest the following points:
- All shipments must be handled/completed and customs cleared before CNY
- For emergency or special cases during the holiday, advance notice (including full and correct customs
clearance documents must be provided) to determine feasibility.
Most cartage companies will stop providing service one week before the CNY. Like the ports, the trucking
companies will be at capacity 2 weeks or more before CNY. Considering the current equipment shortages we
recommend ordering a trucking service as far in advance as possible.
- Additionally, we recommend picking up empty containers to keep in the yard by paying extra storage cost to
avoid equipment problems
- We also anticipate an increase in origin cartage costs and cancellation penalties before and during CNY
- Booking at least 10-14 days (FCL) & 7-10 days (LCL) in advance is required. Increased costs for
trucking are expected.
If you have any queries regarding this or any other freight topic, please contact our Client Services team on
1300 651 888.
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2021 – FUN FACTS:
2021 is the Year of the Ox according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Metal Ox.
In Chinese culture, Ox is a faithful friend that made great contributions to the development of the society.
Like the ox, people born in the Year of the Ox are loyal, honest, industrious, persistent, hold their faith
firmly, and always glad to offer help. The Metal Ox (1901, 1961 and 2021) is busy and active, with good
interpersonal relations. They are also conservative, stubborn, over-cautious.
Years of the Ox:1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…
Lucky Things for Oxen:
- Lucky Numbers: 1, 9
- Lucky Colors: red, blue, purple
- Lucky Flowers: tulip, evergreen, peach blossom
Things to avoid:
- Unlucky numbers: 3, 4
- Unlucky Colors: white, green
Famous people born in the year of the Ox include:
- Walt Disney (Co-founder of Walt Disney Productions): December 5, 1901, Metal Ox
- Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister): October 13, 1925, Wood Ox
- Diana Spencer (Princess of Wales): July 1, 1961, Metal Ox
- Barack Obama (44th US President): August 4, 1961, Metal Ox
- Bruno Mars (Singer): October 8, 1985, Wood Ox