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China National Holiday (Golden Week) – 1 to 7 October 2018 and Other Upcoming Holidays

With China’s National Holiday (Golden Week) approaching our National Customer Service Manager, Tony Wallbridge, provides this timely notice.

We are quickly approaching national holidays in China and that will put pressure on sailings from China and Far East load ports in general to Australia

Mid Autumn Festival holidays take place from 22 to 24 September followed by the national holiday (Golden Week) from 1 to 7 October

***Note: 29 and 30 September (Sat & Sun) will be normal working days.

We will be working with carriers to ensure maximum space, however bookings made close to the holiday period may not move on the next sailing, so please ensure your suppliers are working to get bookings as early as possible to avoid any additional delay.  Even bookings for the week of return will need to be lodged with us about a week before the holiday.

It is important that your suppliers have despatched all shipment documentation (commercial Invoices, packing lists, Certificates of Origin etc) and fulfilled their Bill of Lading (Express Release/Telex Release) obligations prior to 30 September for shipments arriving into Australia during the holiday period so as not to incur storage as a result of incomplete shipment documentation.

If you have any questions please speak with your customer service representative

Please also note that it is holiday periods in a number of the origins in the region:

Hong Kong

25 September: The Day Following Mid-Autumn Festival

1 October: National Day of the People’s Republic of China

17 October: Chung Yeung Festival


2 October (Tuesday): Gandhi Jayanti (Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi)

16 to 19 October (Tuesday to Friday): Durga Puja Festival / Kolkata only

19 October: Dassehra Festival / National holiday


17 September: Malaysia Day holiday 

New Zealand 

22 October: Labour Day

South Korea

23 to 25 September: Chuseok / Korean Thanksgiving Day / Mid-Autumn Fesitival

3 October: National Foundation Day


24 September: Mid-Autumn Festival

10 October: National Day


13 October: Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol

23 October: Chulalongkorn Day

Tony Wallbridge
National Customer Service Manager