It’s easy to think that Chinese New Year, celebrated in February 2018, is a long while off, but the effects it has on production stretches to many months beforehand, so you need to hurry if you want your items produced and shipped before the holiday.
Chinese New Year (or, “The Great Migration” as we like to call it) is when pretty much the entire nation closes for 2-4 weeks and everyone makes the annual pilgrimage from their places of work back to their hometowns to visit their parents. Aside from this being a logistical nightmare, it also means huge disruption to production lines and likely delays in shipments, simply because people down tools and factories close – regardless of whether they’re midway through your job or not.
What’s more, it’s not just the factories that are affected: production cannot commence until the entire supply chain is operational again. This includes raw material suppliers and trucks carrying goods to the ports.
Get Your Orders in Now!
October/November is the time to place your orders – particularly if you need sampling to be done, as this can add at least a week to your production timeline. It’s also important to note that you won’t be the only one that is hoping to ‘beat the rush’ so it’s good to get in early and get to the front of the line.
By placing your orders well before late November, you ensure the factory has a full 60+ day lead time before the CNY rush, thus improving your chances of delivery before the holiday.
Place your orders later and you miss the boat – quite literally! If the factory is unable to fulfil your order before mid-January, then the vessel will be missed and you’ll be waiting an additional 30-45 days before your items can be shipped. This is a potential disaster, especially if your items are required for an event.
If you’re unsure about timelines for the manufacture of your product leading up to CNY, give us a call on 02 9360 5758. We’re here to help make merchandise easy.