Fireworks Safety (For Shippers)
Mark your calendar! Chinese New Year festivities kick off February 1st.
Why does this date matter to you? If you expect your goods to be shipped in the Year of the Ox (before 2/1/2022) you should manage your expectations accordingly. Be advised that if you do not have a truck booked to pick up your goods by January 10th (3 weeks ahead of the holiday!), it is probably best to plan on postponing your import until the end of February.
Capacity remains tight to get into major Chinese ports.Truckers are scarce and disruption is the only guarantee so give a wide berth to any vessel cut off date. Beware: Covid and any Winter Olympics related surprises could instantly invalidate these conservative estimates.
A container slowdown for Chinese New Year cannot come soon enough for American ports clogged with containers, with both port assets and port workers in desperate need of some time in the dry dock.
As tough as it is to move containers out of China, there is plenty of room for improvement at US ports heading into 2022. For all of the volume records being set on the US West Coast, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to port efficiency.