The Spotlight Newsletter: Upcoming Chinese New Year Holiday – Feb. 15-21, 2018

The Chinese New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival, is a national holiday in China. Government offices, schools, universities and many companies are closed during this period, from the Spring Festival Eve to the seventh day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. This year, the China celebration will take place Feb. 15-21, with celebrations in Hong Kong taking place from Feb. 16-19.

We would like to inform you of upcoming air freight capacity impacts as a result of the Chinese New Year Week. It is expected that air freight capacity conditions out of and into most Chinese airports will be constrained due to carrier flight cancellations. Right before, during, and directly after the celebration, we are forecasted to experience a peak type situation with the largest impact expected in the following areas:

  • Flight cancellations from/to major Chinese airports, e.g., Shanghai (PVG), Beijing (BJS), Xiamen (XMN), Guangzhou (CAN), as well as Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Delays/backlogs at major in-transit carrier hubs, e.g., Incheon (ICN), Tokyo (NRT), Taipei (TPE)
  • Capacity constraints to Southeast Asian countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, as well as main Indian and Australian airports – primarily from main U.S. Gateways due to freighter cancellations (Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Atlanta (ATL), Dallas (DFW))

In order to prepare and mitigate the expected impact on your shipments, please identify your forecasted capacity needs during this time so that our product experts can best identify routing or capacity options. Work closely with your local DHL Global Forwarding contact to discuss possible transit impacts, as well as possible alternatives. Please note that in cases where a service upgrade (Express/Priority service) will be required, prevailing market rates will apply.

If you have any questions on the above subjects, please contact your DHL Global Forwarding representative or Contact Us