From Factory Shutdowns to Recovery: Navigating Logistics After Chinese New Year - Broekman Logistics

From Factory Shutdowns to Recovery: Navigating Logistics After Chinese New Year


As a specialised logistics service provider offering international freight forwarding solutions, we understand the complexities and challenges that arise before, during, and after the Chinese New Year holiday.

The Bottlenecks in Cargo Movement before, during and after Chinese New Year

At this time, the logistics landscape experiences significant shifts, impacting shipping delays, port congestion, increased costs, supply chain disruptions, and extended lead times. The weeks leading up to Chinese New Year witness a surge in demand for goods, accompanied by reduced shipping capacity due to factory shutdowns. This results in shipment delays, posing challenges for both businesses and logistics companies alike. Moreover, congestion at Chinese ports exacerbates these delays, creating bottlenecks in the movement of cargo containers, further hindering the timely delivery of products across international waters.

Competitive Shipping Rates and Spaces

The heightened demand and limited capacity also contribute to increased shipping costs, creating a competitive environment for securing shipping space. Companies must navigate these challenges while managing their transportation budgets post-Chinese New Year. Additionally, disruptions in manufacturing, shipping, and logistics during the holiday period reverberate throughout the global supply chain, affecting businesses reliant on Chinese suppliers or manufacturers.

Two Important Pillars: Communication and Collaboration

Strategic planning and close communication are key. To effectively mitigate these impacts, strategic planning is crucial. This involves proactive measures such as building up inventory, adjusting production schedules, and initiating transparent communication with suppliers and logistics partners well in advance. While the effects of Chinese New Year on global logistics are temporary, careful planning and management are necessary to minimise disruptions and ensure the smooth functioning of supply chains.

Following the conclusion of Chinese New Year festivities, a recovery period ensues, during which factories, shipping companies, and ports gradually resume operations at full capacity. Boy Kortekaas, Business Development Manager at Broekman Logistics, explains that is “essential to recognise that this recovery may take time, and residual delays may persist as the backlog of shipments and cargo containers clears. Clear communication and collaboration with our partners is of upmost importance during this period of time.” 


In conclusion, while the conclusion of Chinese New Year brings relief from immediate disruptions, proactive measures and strategic planning are essential for navigating the post-holiday landscape effectively. “By leveraging lessons learned and implementing proactive measures, we help to mitigate the impacts of the holiday period and ensure the resilience and efficiency of their logistics processes and global trade operations.” mentions Boy.

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Boy Kortekaas

Business Development Manager
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