Atlanta, January 20, 2021 – This year, Chinese New Year (CNY), one of the most impactful stressors to the supply chain, coupled with pandemic-related disruptions, presents an unprecedented logistical challenge. This dynamic has highlighted the important role that proactive logistics planning and working with right supply chain partner have on successfully transporting cargo within deadlines, especially as businesses play catchup with backorders and customer demand continues to remain unpredictable.
“Planning is key to effectively navigating and managing the challenges that occur during the Chinese New Year, especially now that we have the pandemic factor to take into consideration,” said Guido Gries, Managing Director, Dachser Americas, a subsidiary of leading global logistics provider, Dachser. “Our customers are calling upon us like never before for guidance on how to move their cargo during these unpredictable times.”
Mr. Gries continues: “It requires a level of seasoned expertise to address the seemingly never-ending pandemic-related disruption coupled with the challenges associated with Chinese New Year shutdowns. On top of the work stoppage, we have the container shortages, so many customers plan to ship after the holiday, avoiding the peak season pricing spikes.”
Known as the “Year of the Ox,” CNY 2021 begins on the evening of February 11, launching the Lunar New Year celebration in China and other Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Korea. During this commemoration period, which runs until February 17, there is a complete shutdown of China’s manufacturing infrastructure, whereby virtually all businesses and factories close from one to four weeks.
In fact, Asian suppliers start to wind down operations one to two weeks in advance of the holiday. Even though the official holiday only lasts for about a week, most factories close for an entire month and some even longer, with disruption lasting well beyond the closures. Overall, the holiday impacts about two months of production. Therefore, companies that are dependent upon Asian suppliers must implement a logistics strategy to mitigate delays and retain supply chain fluidity.
Potential impact to businesses of CNY:
Businesses must plan ahead of CNY - depending upon Asian suppliers:
Holiday closure schedule for Dachser’s Asia offices:
“At Dachser, we have thoroughly reviewed the essential steps that are needed to fully prepare for Chinese New Year with our customers well in advance; this is also especially important as we contend with unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic. Best-in-class logistics planning requires working with a proven logistics expert such as Dachser, who can ensure minimal disruption to customers, while keeping their supply chain pipeline securely flowing – before, during and after the Chinese New Year holiday,” added Gries.
About Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics:
Founded in 1974, Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of German-headquartered Dachser SE. Thanks to some 31,000 employees at 393 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2019. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons.
Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics is headquartered in Atlanta with several locations across the country. Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics offers optimal access to international markets and ensures seamless integration of all import and export activities via air or ocean to and from Europe, Asia and South America. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries. For more information, visit www.dachser.us