By Darlene Henke, ISHC
2014 is upon us and a huge impact on manufacturing that occurs in the first quarter of each year is that of Chinese New Year. 2014 will be the year of the Horse, and it begins on January 31st. A significant amount of FF&E is imported from China for the hospitality industry, and it is important to keep in mind some key points as it relates to the holiday’s timing and effect on the renovation or construction process:
• Most factories close for business the week of Chinese New Year. In the week leading up to the holiday and the week after most factories will run on limited capacity as migrant workers travel to and from the cities to visit their families. Make sure to account for this closure in the lead-time for FF&E orders if they are being produced during this time period.
• Ports will have major congestion the week leading up to and after the New Year as factories gear up for the shut down and return to work. If you have FF&E that will be ready to ship right before the New Year, consider it could take an additional 2-5 days because of this congestion.
• If you do have items shipping during the holiday period, capacity both on ocean vessels and airfreight will be limited. It could also be a challenge to obtain the proper paperwork from the factories with key personnel being out – so work with you logistics provider ahead of time to have the paperwork prepared.
For more information or if you have any questions please feel free to contact Audit Logistics.