Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chinese New Year is a fantastic time of the year. It's full of colour, excitement and tradition. It is the time to eat, celebrate, cleanse your house, exchange gifts and watch the fireworks.

But for the shipping industry it can be an extremely difficult time. With most suppliers, customs authorities and shipping lines closing for the holiday, now is the time to start getting prepared for Chinese New Year 2014.

This holiday falls on the 31st January 2014 and heralds in the Year of the Horse.

In order to ensure that you are prepared for this Chinese New Year, please take note of the following:

Any ordering from overseas suppliers should be done ASAP
Ask suppliers to arrange their bookings with the agents / customs clearance before the holidays
If you have any shipments that are due to arrive into Australia during this holiday time, please make sure that you have all the correct documentation prior to your supplier going on break
Also ensure that you have your telex releases / original bills of lading prior to this time
Be prepared early to avoid any unnecessary delays.

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