Chinese New Year shutdown – How to Prepare

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Chinese New Year shutdown – How to Prepare

Chinese New Year also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is a public holiday that is observed across multiple days in China mainland, Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brunei. During this time people return to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday with their families.

Every year in China mainland, a billion people move during this time, it called “the Chunyun period “. “The Chunyun period” travel time is bounded by the Spring Festival every year, which is 15 days before the Spring Festival and 25 days after the Spring Festival. The Spring Festival travel time is about 40 days each year. It usually starts from the fifteenth or sixteenth day of the twelfth lunar month of the current year and ends on the twenty-fifth day of the first lunar month of the following year. Before 5 days and after 3 days after the end of the Lunar New Year holiday, the train ticket is very hot, people need to “qiangpiao”, the most people select train transportation or drive a car.

The Lunar New Year holiday is a very big deal in China, businesses that manufacture products in China, need to take notice of this holiday.

You need to know:

– When is the official holiday for the Lunar New Year

– When is your key supplier’s holiday time(different)

– How to prepare for these potential delays

What will you meet before the Lunar New Year?

Factory stopped production

During the Lunar New Year holiday, all factories close, and employees go on holiday for at least two weeks. Normally the site worker will be leaving earlier than the office staff. Most of the site workers they’re from another province or the countryside, so they need more time back home to prepare. As this includes management and production overseers at the factories, you may not be able to get in contact with your suppliers during this time. All production will come to a stop, and you won’t be able to get in touch with the factories until after the holiday ends.

Reduced product quality

When factories reopen after the Lunar New Year holiday, workers may not come back at the same time, and some not at all. When site workers don’t come back, factories must replace them quickly, which leads to lower quality and untrained staff working on production lines. As expected, when new workers are on the line, many products will not be produced properly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean the factory will re-run your order and, in some cases, they may ship the bad products along with the rest of your order. Ultimately, you may end up paying for a run of lower-quality products without much recourse, especially if you need those products immediately. If you have an agent who can watch the production line, it has little chance happen.

Shipping delays

Since the Lunar New Year shutdown happens every year, most businesses do their best to prepare for the factories’ time-out by increasing their production before the holiday. Every customer wants to deliver goods before the holiday.

Factor in the chance that many workers will be leaving early to get a head start on their holiday, meaning fewer employees in the weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year, and there’s a good chance your shipment could be delayed in the buildup. Based on the produce delivery time is 30 days at least, you need to confirm with the supplier for exact after confirming the order, unfortunately, if the date is during the Lunar New Year, you need to re-confirm the reasonable date. The Lunar New Year holiday time is different every year, you need to confirm in advance.

FYI Chinese New Year shutdown 2024 timeline:

Chinese official holiday time is February 10th to 17th

The celebrations already begin on February 9th, and most of the companies/factories are starting to holiday from February 7th or early.

That’s normal if you can’t contact your supplier’s sales from February 7.

Factories site workers already start at the end of January.

Below is a rule-of-thumb schedule for the Lunar New Year holiday.

– End of January: Suppliers will begin to stop production.

– Early February: Employees begin leaving the factories.

– February 9th: All employees have left the factory.

– February 10th: Chinese New Year.

– Mid-end February: Employees begin arriving back at the factories.

– February 29: Most employees have returned.

– March 8: Operations are almost back to normal.

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