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China holidays start this Friday: Logistics ready?

China Golden Week

China holidays start this Friday 29/09

Air Time Critical®  reminds you that public holidays in China start this Friday, 29 September 2023 and continue till 6 October included. Are you prepared?

Currently, manufacturers and freight forwarders are running at full capacity to get the shipments to their clients before the holidays. Apple, HP, and other electronics producers are currently shipping a large number of their products. The lack of transport capacity during the traditional peak season drives up prices and transit times.

Therefore, if you need to secure space for your urgent shipment, contact us. Our Priority Air freight solutions can save you 2-3 days of transit time to Europe compared to standard air freight options. If it is already too late to get space when you reach us, we can also help secure the fastest delivery just after the holidays. Our Hand Carry solutions with a courier can even offer next-day delivery, subject to flight availability at the time of booking.

What about other Asian countries?

China is not the only country in Asia that will be affected by public holidays during this period. Even though their impact on logistics is much smaller, see below a summary of holidays in other Asian countries.


  • Hong Kong:

Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated in Hong Kong on 29 – 30 September. As China’s National Day falls on Sunday, the following Monday, October 3, is a public holiday.

  • South Korea

South Korea will celebrate Chuseok, often called Korean Thanksgiving, between 28 – 30 September and National Foundation Day on 3 October.

  • Taiwan

Taiwan also celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival on 29 September. Taiwan National Day, also called Double Tenth Day, is celebrated the 9 – 10 October.

Logistics restrictions

  • Next Flight Out:

Customs offices are open every day in Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK). However, in case of further inspection (shipment or documents) by customs office, it will be postponed after the holidays. Availability of flights is very limited.

  • On Board Courier

No restrictions for customs via Hong Kong (HKG). Customs closed during the holidays at PEK airport and long-term closure continues at PVG airport. Subject to flight, ticket and courier availability at the time of booking.

Urgent shipment just before or after the Golden week?

Are you looking for the fastest transport from China, Hong Kong, South Korea or Taiwan?

Air Time Critical® can assist you with Express air freight solutions and On board courier. Do not hesitate to contact us any time for more information about currently available options: