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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.

Tape and adhesive prices continue to rise

Customers may see continued price increases across packaging going into holiday peak season, particularly tape and adhesives. Both the COVID-related ecommerce spike and constricted supply chains have driven up the price of all major feedstock and ancillary components. These factors have put tape producers in a position to dramatically raise prices.

One cause of the constricted supply chain is extreme weather, including February's polar vortex in Texas and Louisiana. This continues to drive up freight costs and disrupt the petrochemical supply chain, straining the supply of several raw material components used in tape. 

Year over year, there have been significant price increases on raw material and ancillary cost components as the result of a number of compounded factors. 

Raw material costs (Jun 2020 - May 2021)

  • SBS - 4.9%
  • CCNB - 8.2%
  • BCHIP - 8.5%
  • PVC - 45.3%
  • PET - 28.6 %

Other costs (Jun 2020 - May 2021)

  • Freight - 50-60%
  • Pallets - 21.5%
  • Corrugated - 10-15%
  • Ink - 6-8%
  • AQ coatings - 9%
  • Adhesives - 14%
  • Die board & rule - 12.5%
  • Outside sheeting - 12.5%
  • Stretch file - 20%

We recommend that customers place orders as soon as possible as we expect this trend to continue throughout summer and fall.

Extreme delays ahead for US imports

Trans-Pacific freight delays and extreme port congestion are continuing to delay imports, and may worsen in the coming months as import volumes continue to grow. We will also see fallout from the Suez Canal accident, as resulting congestion at European ports will limit the number of empty containers transported back to Asia. This in turn will reduce the number of available containers available for China to US shipments. Importers should also prepare for higher spot prices as the gap between supply and demand widens.

Lumi recommends placing orders as far in advance as possible and to consider budgeting for air freight in mission-critical cases.