Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is one of the most awaited and celebrated holidays in China. The next Chinese New Year is on February 5, 2019. If you source goods from China, it’s crucial that you mark this special holiday in your diary. Although Chinese people typically celebrate the festival for a week or two, all factories in China stop operating for an entire month to give workers enough time to travel home and stay around with the family.

Here’s how Amazon sellers, like yourself, can prepare to prevent delayed shipments and other problems during the Chinese New Year.

Be mindful of the dates

Expect a halt in mass production one or two weeks before the Chinese New Year’s Eve. To avoid delay in orders, confirm with your supplier when they will be shutting down and starting up again. If possible, ask them for an accurate timeline at least a month in advance.

It is advised to place your orders as early as the first week of December to give your supplier ample time to manufacture, pack and ship your items before they shut down. Orders received one to two weeks before the festivity might be delayed. Similarly, orders received during the week of the main event will be delayed too.

Know the shipping time

When it comes to shipping, international shipping forwarding agencies in China typically close 3-5 days before Chinese New Year. Make sure you know your shipping agency’s schedule as your shipping deadline depends on it. Otherwise, missing the deadline could mean getting your items stuck in the warehouse until March 2019.