Chinese factory closures, Jan-June 2023
During the following holidays, Chinese factories may be closed. Chinese suppliers may be difficult to reach or slow to respond during these times:
Upcoming Chinese Holiday
Golden Week in China is a week-long holiday that will begin on Saturday, October 1st and end on Friday, October 7th. During this time, Chinese suppliers may be difficult to reach or slow to respond.
Minor slowdown expected as China celebrates International Workers' Day
China will celebrate International Worker's Day (also known as Labor Day). Factories will generally be closed from 5/1 - 5/4 which may mean that you won't be able to communicate with your suppliers over that period. This should not cause any significant delays and factories plan around this closure to minimize disruption.
Expected communication delays for Dragon Boat Festival, June 12-14
Manufacturers in China are preparing for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, which will last from June 12th to June 14th. Communications may be delayed until they return to work on June 15th.
Although not as long as the Lunar New Year celebration, the Dragon Boat Festival is a widespread holiday in nearly all of Asia. Plan on minor disruptions to production and slower responses from factories, freight forwarders, customs brokers and anyone else directly connected to the region.
The Dragon Boat Festival has been celebrated for thousands of years and its traditions are associated with driving off evil spirits, disease, and bad luck.