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3 simple steps for avoiding unnecessary costs and delays in your logistics supply chain

By Martin Werge, 27 January 2020

As head of air freight for Greencarrier International, I am often asked about the best way to prepare for air freight deliveries so as to avoid unnecessary costs and delays. The advice I usually give is: do your research, plan well in advance and maintain a regular dialogue between all relevant parties. In this article I will address these three simple steps and give you a few tips to help you follow them and optimise your logistics supply chain.

1 Research as much as you can about your logistics supply chain

With the rapid growth of E-commerce over the past decade, air freight has become an essential link in the logistics supply chain for a lot of companies and organisations. But this link will only run smoothly and reward you if you are fully informed about events and circumstances that can affect your regular schedule. This means keeping yourself informed of local holidays and celebrations for the regions you ship to and from.

One of Greencarrier’s main logistics hubs is located in China, and it is the home market for many of our clients. Although we are in contact with China on a daily basis, it is easy to forget exactly when each cultural celebration or peak logistics season begins and ends. Which is why we’ve drawn up a handy list of Chinese holidays and celebrations – located at the end of this article. But it is a good idea to stay on top of this type of information for all of your logistics markets.

2 Plan your air freight shipments well in advance

Doing your research is all well and good, but you have to know how to use the information if you are to avoid those extra costs or delays. Luckily, that is easier than it sounds. Once you know the dates of your planned air freight shipments, simply check these against your research and then readjust your schedule to allow for any possible delays.

It’s generally a good idea to book air freight shipments at least two weeks in advance. And, because of the increased demand around certain dates, shipping rates may go up. Bear in mind that you may have to pay extra if you want a guaranteed space on a specific date.

At Greencarrier, we’re constantly analysing market developments so we can help our customers plan their shipping schedule. In my experience, this makes it much easier to prevent bottlenecks and unforeseen expenses.

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3 Maintain a regular dialogue with everyone involved in your logistics supply chain

Regular communication usually leads to fewer misunderstandings and oversights. This is particularly true when it comes to logistics. Maintaining a close dialogue with your supplier or manufacturer reduces the risk of last minute surprises. It also enables you to provide your freight forwarder with updates to your anticipated air freight volumes and/or dates.

When your logistics provider is kept informed of any potential changes, this enables them to plan your shipments more precisely. Which means a smoother goods flow for everyone involved and, at the end of the day, fewer delays and a much more predictable budget.

An optimised shipping calendar keeps everything running smoothly

Following these three simple steps – research, plan and communicate – is a great way to keep everything running smoothly. And, as I said, it will help you avoid any unnecessary costs or delays.

If you’re looking for a logistics partner to help you draw up an optimised shipping calendar for the year, then myself and my colleagues here at Greencarrier Freight Services would love to hear from you.

I hope you found this article helpful and if you’d like to read more about preparing for shipments to China, then I warmly recommend our recent article about Chinese New Year 2020: 5 tips on how to prepare for shipments.

 

 

CHINA 2020

CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

 

The following calendar of Chinese holidays and celebrations in 2020 should only be used as a guideline.

 

Date

Weekday Celebration

Type of event

1 Jan Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday
19 Jan Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
24 Jan Friday Spring Festival Eve National holiday
25 Jan Saturday Chinese New Year National holiday
26 Jan Sunday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
27 Jan Monday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
28 Jan Tuesday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
29 Jan Wednesday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
30 Jan Thursday Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
1 Feb Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
8 Feb Saturday Lantern Festival Observance
24 Feb Monday Zhonghe Festival Observance
8 Mar Sunday International Women’s Day Half day holiday
12 Mar Thursday Arbor Day Observance
20 Mar Friday March Equinox Season
4 Apr Saturday Qing Ming Jie National holiday
5 Apr Sunday Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
6 Apr Monday Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
26 Apr Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 May Friday Labour Day National holiday
2 May Saturday Labour Day Holiday National holiday
3 May Sunday Labour Day Holiday National holiday
4 May Monday Labour Day Holiday National holiday
4 May Monday Youth Day Half day holiday
5 May Tuesday Labour Day Holiday National holiday
9 May Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 Jun Monday Children’s Day National holiday
21 Jun Sunday June Solstice Season
25 Jun Thursday Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
26 Jun Friday Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
27 Jun Saturday Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
28 Jun Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 Jul Wednesday CPC Founding Day Observance
11 Jul Saturday Maritime Day Observance
1 Aug Saturday Army Day National holiday
25 Aug Tuesday Chinese Valentine’s Day Observance
2 Sept Wednesday Spirit Festival Observance
10 Sept Thursday Teachers’ Day Observance
22 Sept Tuesday September Equinox Season
27 Sept Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 Oct Thursday National Day National holiday
1 Oct Thursday Mid-Autumn Festival National holiday
2 Oct Friday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
3 Oct Saturday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
4 Oct Sunday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
5 Oct Monday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
6 Oct Tuesday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
7 Oct Wednesday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
8 Oct Thursday National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
10 Oct Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
25 Oct Sunday Double Ninth Festival Observance
8 Nov Sunday Journalists’ Day Observance
21 Dec Monday December Solstice Season
25 Dec Friday Christmas Day Observance

 

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Martin Werge
Head of Air Freight
Greencarrier Freight Services International AB

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