Shenzhen Daily Jan 11 published my reminder for foreign importer to avoid delayed delivery during weeklong Chinese New Year

#惠安石雕#老外进口商7天中国春节长假须知What should an importer from overseas know about 7-day-long Chinese Spring Festival holiday to avoid delayed delivery?

Spring Festival Couplets ‘Fu“ blessing, happiness, good luck, good fortune

This year’s Spring Festival holiday will begin on the 7th of February. During the period, there are typically a very few staff on duty each day for emergencies in government departments and services such as the Customs, Inspection and Quarantine authorities, bankers and freight forwarding companies and the like.

On the factory side, young front-line workers may have left even several days earlier in order to return their remote inland home village before the lunar new year’s Eve after a long train and/or bus trip.You couldn’t imagine it was probably one year ago when they last ate a dinner together with their loved family.

So It’s advisable for importers from oversea to make sure that your down payment or deposit has already arrived at the supplier’s account around 1st January thus the factory could start the manufacturing, supposing the whole production process will take 20 days, and arrange shipment better one week before the Eve, which should be the busiest week of the year at any port of loading in China as fact, including Xiamen in our Fujian province.

However, good news is that you could still contact the salesperson for an inquiry, also some paperwork, at any time. To be frank, a salesperson in a privately-run company in China won’t be offered a fat base salary. Their earning mostly depends on the orders they bring in to the employer. So they won’t miss any opportunity to conclude a sales agreement. Here I am also asking purchasers to kindly give our stoical and self-motivated sales people time to get things straight in case there is really something wrong with your contract.

And our stone carvers, cutting machine operators, CAD draftsmen, and other support departments, who are almost our Hui’an, Quanzhou locals, come back to normal work status four to eight days after the CNY’s day as usual.

2016 Hello-Quanzhou-Dehua

The above information is based on a stone product factory like ours in southeast China’s Hui’an county. If you are an importer of other products, I recommend a nice blog called “ The Chinese New Year: How Importers Can Avoid Delays & Quality Issues” on by Fredrik Grönkvist, whose reminder is all very much to the point.

Public holidays 2016 in China:
1. Spring Festival (Lunar Chinese New Year) Feb.7-13
2. National Day, Oct.1-7

1. New Year’s Day, Jan.1-3
2. Tomb-sweeping Day, April 3-5
3. International Labour Day, May 1-3
4. Dragon Boat Festival, Jun. 9-11
5. Chinese Moon Festival, Sept. 15-17

Please note:
Chinese traditional festival is based on the lunar calendar so it varies from year to year. For example, the Spring Festival of the next year is as early as on January 28 while 2018, February 16.

The top photo of a girl in traditional Hui’an clothes holding a red square paper of happy Chinese character “Fu” was taken by my cousin ZENG Meixia.

And the other of Hello 2016 was taken at Stone Bull Mountain in Quanzhou’s Dehua county by ZHANG Jiuqiang, journalist with Quanzhou Evening News.

What should an importer know about CNY 20160111 Shenzhen Daily -Letters From Readers

Shenzhen Daily published my reminder of forthcoming weeklong Chinese Spring Festival holiday for importers from outside of China on 11 Jan 2016.

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