Well, it's that time of the year again - silly season here in China.
Chinese New Year is looming on the horizon - due to begin on January 23.
Factories and our clients are rushing to get orders out before everything closes.
Just a few things to bear in mind if you do have production in China:
1. Give yourself at least a week (or preferably) 10 days for ex-factory - the last thing you need is for production to be delayed for some reason. You may find yourself in a very bad position if they cannot finish before CNY.
2. Arrange shipping/forwarding early - again, it's a peak and you will want confirmation early - especially air-freight.
3. If you are having pre-shipment inspections done - it may be good to change it to a DUPRO inspection, in case of non-conformity - you may still have time to correct the production quality.
Lastly, bear in mind that after CNY, new staff are always hired, meaning a decline in productivity (they're training the tea-lady bla bla bla), and also a decline in quality output - be diligent with inspections. For any quotes done before CNY - be careful for price rises after CNY.
Hope this info helps!