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Posted 22nd January 2019

Chinese New Year 2019: three ways to avoid shipping delays

Preparations for the Chinese New Year begin on Monday 28th January with celebrations officially starting on Tuesday 5th February.

With the festival just around the corner, are you aware of the impact the Chinese New Year could have on your supply chain? If you’re importing goods from China then you need to plan ahead now to avoid disappointment – as our Associate Director, Richard Jeggo, explains in this short video:

With Chinese factories set to shut down, there are two clear consequences impacting the supply chain:

  1. Shipping rates will increase due to demand and limited capacity
  2. Transit times will increase as a result of significant congestion

To avoid these unnecessary costs and delays, here are three key things to consider:

  • Keep close to your manufacturers – build in stock buffers and work with your chosen freight specialist to ensure orders are shipped as soon as they are ready. With this in mind, make sure your manufacturer keeps you up to date with any changes to the cargo ready date.
  • Book your shipment in advance to secure space – plan ahead and mitigate the risk by securing space weeks in advance. At Baxter Freight, we provide our clients with a peak season schedule and reserve space for their goods based on the past data.
  • Consider multi modal solutions – the regular services with the faster transits are often the first to get booked up. You might want to consider how slower, but less congested options, can be a viable method to keep your goods moving.

However, if sourcing issues do arise, don’t panic. We’re here to help you find innovative and flexible solutions for all your freight needs during the Chinese New Year.

Our international department has the extensive knowledge and experience of helping our clients navigate such challenges to help you avoid any significant delays.

You can call our team now on 0115 975 0400 or email