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Chinese New Year: Maintain delivery flows

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Chinese New Year 2024

Air Time Critical® would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Chinese holidays. China, along with some other Asian countries will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. Please be aware of expected bottlenecks at airports resulting in longer transit times and higher prices. Do not hesitate to contact us in advance to secure a door-door urgent delivery to Europe.

10-17 February 2024

The Lunar New Year falls on 10 February and is one of the most important holidays in China. The public holiday then lasts from 10th to 17th February. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the year of the dragon.

How will it affect your shipments?

Most businesses in China will be closed, including some customs offices. Other Asian countries are expected to be less affected.

What about customs during Chinese holidays?

For the NFO – Express Air Freight service:

Shanghai (PVG)
Customs office opened only several hours per day, pre-booking needed
Hong Kong (HKG)
Customs office opened, pre-booking needed.

For the On Board Courier (OBC) service:

Shanghai (PVG)
Customs office for passengers closed, formal export via HKG only.
Hong Kong (HKG)
Customs office opened, pre-booking needed.

Learn more about the OBC  and NFO solution

It is necessary to anticipate your shipment needs
, especially urgent ones, and start dealing with them before the holidays begin. After that it is very difficult to obtain a confirmation from airlines so pre-booking is required. During the period either side of the holidays, shippers scramble for space on all flights, which results in considerable price increases.

For more information or to request a quote, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Via our quick quote form
  • By phone: +33 1 78 90 26 52 (FR) / +32 2 888 84 16 (EN/FR)