Chinese New Year 2017

The Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday. When we decide to import from China, we should take into account Chinese public holidays. Chinese New Year 2017 falls on January 28, 2017. What does it have to do with manufacturing in China?

Non-working days are from January 27, 2017 (Friday) to February 2, 2017 (Thursday). If you import from China and want to visit your Chinese business partners, you should do so after February 15, when companies and their workflow are back to normal.

Below you will find a mini-calendar that outlines difficulties connected with the Chinese New Year’s celebrations in 2017.

Chinese New Year 2017

DateEventsTransport Business
January 12-29Preparing for the Chinese New YearDifficulties in transport on both the national and local levelManufacturing ceases, many workers go home
January 27The Chinese New Year’s celebrationSignificant difficulties in local transports

 

 

Stores, companies and offices are closed
January 28 to February 1The Chinese New YearNo difficultiesStores, companies and offices are closed
February 2Last non-working day, some employees return to workDifficulties in transport on both the national and local level

 

 

Offices, banks and sme companies open again
February 3-11The Lantern FestivalDifficulties in transport on both the national and local levelStores, companies and offices are open.

As you can see above, if you prefer to avoid the chaos stemming from the celebrations of Chinese New Year 2017 and non-working days, we advise you against going to China from mid-January to mid-February.

In particular, if you plan to visit factories or your potential business partners, you should do so before the Chinese New Year or in the second half of February.

If you import from China and placed an order in a Chinese factory, you have to remember that the demand for containers on the route from China to Europe is very high, so you should be prepared for high sea freight rates. This is why it is better to ship goods well in advance or simply after the Chinese New Year.