Would you like to prepare as best you can for air transport? Would you like to avoid annoying and unnecessary costs and delays? It’s not complicated at all! Our general advice is to be informed, plan ahead, and maintain a regular dialogue with all parties involved. This article will cover three simple steps and tell you how to follow them in order to optimise your logistics supply chain.

Let’s get started:

#1 INFORMATION: Be up to date regarding your logistics supply chain.

With the fast growth of e-commerce in the last decade, air transport has become a key element in the logistics supply chain for many companies and organisations. You should know that this type of transport (just like other types) only works smoothly if you are fully informed about certain influential factors and circumstances. We recommend that you keep yourself informed of local holidays and public holidays in the regions you are shipping to.

Take China, for example, because it is an important country for many of our clients.

Even if you are in daily contact with China, it is easy to forget when their cultural celebrations or peak logistical periods begin and end. To help you with this, we have prepared a list of Chinese holidays and public holidays, which you can find at the end of the article. Of course, you should be aware of this information regarding all of the important logistic markets!

#2 PLANNING: Make sure you plan your air transport in time.

Once you are aware of all the important information, you should also know how to use this information if you want to avoid certain additional, unnecessary costs or annoying delays.

This may sound complicated at first, but it really isn’t! If you are familiar with the dates of the scheduled air transport, simply compare them with the information available to you and then modify the schedule to allow for any possible delays.

Make sure you don’t leave this for the last minute! It is usually a good starting point to book air transport shipments at least two weeks in advance. Unfortunately, there are peak seasons when you should expect a higher demand, when transport prices can also be higher. It is possible, that if you want a guaranteed space on a given day, it will mean extra cost.

We take care of everything! We are following market developments on a daily basis to help our customers plan their delivery schedules. This will facilitate the prevention of potential obstacles and unforeseen costs.

#3 COMMUNICATION: maintaining regular communication with all participants in your logistics supply chain

Regular communication = fewer misunderstandings! Continuous and consistent dialogue with the supplier or manufacturer reduces the risk of last-minute surprises. This way, you will also be able to provide your supply forwarder with information on the expected quantity and/or date of the air shipment.

If the logistical service provider is constantly informed of possible changes, they can plan the transport more precisely. Which means that, that at the end of the day, all parties experience a smoother goods flow and fewer delays, not to mention that the budget also becomes easier to calculate.

The optimized shipping calendar ensures that everything goes smoothly.

Keep these three simple steps in mind:

# 1 gathering information,

# 2 planning and

# 3 communication

If you take our advice, everything will go smoothly!

If you need safe and cost-effective packaging for air transport, please do not hesitate to contact us!

China 2020 HOLIDAYS – CALENDAR

Use the following 2020 calendar only as a guide

 

Date Weekdays Holiday Type of event
1 January Wednesday New Year’s day National holiday
19 January Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
24 January Friday Spring Festival Eve National holiday
25 January Saturday Chinese New Year National holiday
26 January Sunday Spring Festival Golden Week National holiday
27 January Monday Spring Festival Golden Week National holiday
28 January Tuesday Spring Festival Golden Week National holiday
29 January Wednesday Spring Festival Golden Week National holiday
30 January Thursday Spring Festival Golden Week National holiday
1 February Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
8 February Saturday Lantern Festival Memorial day
24 February Monday Zhonghe Festival Memorial day
8 March Sunday International Women’s Day Half-day holiday
12 March Thursday Arbor Day Memorial day
20 March Friday March Equinox Season
4 April Saturday Qing Ming Jie National holiday
5 April Sunday Qing Ming Jie Holiday National holiday
6 April Monday Qing Ming Jie Holiday National holiday
26 April Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 May Friday Labor Day National holiday
2 May Saturday Labor Day National holiday
3 May Sunday Labor Day National holiday
4 May Monday Labor Day National holiday
4 May Monday Youth Day Half-day holiday
5 Tuesday Labor Day National holiday
9 May Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 June Monday Children’s day National holiday
21 June Sunday June Solstice Season
25 June Thursday Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
26 June Friday Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
27 June Saturday Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
28 June Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 July Wednesday Founding Day of The Communist Party Memorial day
11 July Saturday Maritime Day Memorial day
1 August Saturday Army Day National holiday
August 25 Tuesday Chinese Valentine’s day Memorial day
2 September Wednesday Spirit Festival Memorial day
10 September Thursday Teacher’s Day Memorial day
22 September Tuesday September Equinox Season
27 September Sunday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
1 October Thursday National Day National holiday
1 October Thursday Autumn Festival National holiday
2 October Friday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
3 October Saturday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
4 October Sunday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
5 October Monday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
6 October Tuesday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
7 October Wednesday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
8 October Thursday National Holiday Gold Week National holiday
10 October Saturday Special Working Day Working day on weekend
25 October Sunday Double Ninth Festival Memorial day
8 October Sunday Journalists’ Day Memorial day
21 December Monday December Solstice Season
25 December Friday Christmas Day Memorial day