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Key dates for your diary – be prepared and minimise disruption.

Story posted 20/11/2020

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Key dates for your diary – be prepared and minimise disruption.

Story posted 20/11/2020

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There are two key dates fast approaching which heighten the risk of disrupting business as usual unless planned for - Brexit and the Chinese New Year

Brexit

Brexit officially comes into effect as of 1st January, 2021.  At present there is confusion as to what impact, if any, Brexit will have on movement of trade across UK borders. As there is no clear directive at present, we have been advised to expect an increase in delays with goods entering or leaving the country and to plan accordingly.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year public holiday is between February 12th – February 26th, 2021 when production and logistics throughout China will be seriously affected and can start 1 week earlier and continue 1 week later as many Chinese travel to be with their families. In previous years all exports from China have been understandably disrupted and with potential delays in customs etc. we feel that 2021 will be worse than ever.

Minimise disruption – plan for success

As much of our raw material is imported from China, to mitigate any impact on your programme of works, we are recommending ordering four to six weeks earlier than usual if possible. The deadline for Chinese Air freight is the order needs to be placed by the 11th Jan latest (depending upon product lead-time) to be despatched on the 5th Feb from China.

Please talk to us about holding extra stock in preparation for disruption so long as it is allocated to orders.  It is better to adapt orders and timelines in advance rather than risk production being unduly disrupted.

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