Possible delays in shipments from China

By Chris Dawson September 26, 2014 - 9:33 am

We’ve heard from Tamebay reader Julius that he has several shipments stuck in a log jam at Hong Kong. Many Chinese shipments will go through Hong Kong on their way around the world and apparently customs there are running slowly.

We’ve heard several reasons for this, a recent jewelry smuggling ring was uncovered and more recently confiscation of 2 tons of counterfeit currency. This apparently led to additional customs checks which are delaying shipments.

There are also stories of Apple reserving large amounts of air freight to ship the latest iPhone models in the run up to Christmas. This means that if your supplier tries to avoid customs issues in the ports, they may simply run into further troubles trying to ship your stock by air.

If you have any additional information or if your shipments have been delayed please share anything you know in comments below. Additionally it goes without saying if you still have orders to be shipped for the Christmas selling season it makes sense to pull them forward as early as possible to ensure you get your stock in time.

  • Mark
    3 years ago

    If the UK can’t get goods from China, Britain’s festive season will be like that episode from The Good Life when Margo Leadbetter has trouble with her Harrods delivery and says – “Christmas hasn’t arrived this year!”

  • Gerry007
    3 years ago

    With a 30-45 days shipping/custom clearance time(inc’ this end), if it isn’t ready to ship now we would be cancelling it.

  • 3 years ago

    Lets look on the bright side. There is an alternative to a plastic Chinese made Christmas. That is a more traditional Christmas where presents are Books rather than plastic. Now it just so happens that I have most of the Books already in stock for this Christmas(there are a few exceptions that are yet to be published). So Think Book for Christmas 2014.

    • 3 years ago

      Forgot to mention there would be one massive advantage to a Book Christmas 2014 instead of a Plastic Chinese one and that of course is that the presents would still be in existence and being enjoyed on Boxing Day instead of already broken. A Book is for Life not just for Christmas.

  • northumbrian
    3 years ago

    yeah were thinking BOOK for Christmas, were booking a holiday in the sun

    • 3 years ago

      Absolutely ideal for a Winter Sun Holiday a book to read on the beach. Might I suggest a browse on ebay in the Book Categories will provide you with the ideal Book for your break. Remembering of course that a Book is for Life and not just for Christmas.

  • Gerry007
    3 years ago

    99p stores have all their Christmas stuff out on sale today…..just a few months to go then!!

    Seems they forgot Halloween, Guy Fawkes, not to mention Eid, etc’

    • 3 years ago

      And its not only the 99p stores. I was in Poundland in Truro yesterday and I saw various Christmas items already on sale. But they also had Halloween items as well although I did not notice any Guy Fawkes items(Fireworks – Don’t they need various permits and things-I wouldn’t know never having had anything to do with Fireworks- I have never been that supportive of Celebrating the Hanging, Drawing and Quartering of the Last Man to go into the House of Commons with the right idea).

    • 3 years ago

      Was in Tesco today. Bought a pack of Christmas Mince Pies. A bit surprised that the Use By Date was in November. Have I missed the announcement? Is Christmas early this year?(Easter changes every year according to some peculiar formula). But Christmas in November we will barely have got over Guy Fawkes.

      When I used to Wholesale Books around the Bookshops(in the days when there were Book Shops). I had a Publisher who every year published a series of 4 Books literally the week before Christmas and DEMANDED that I distribute them to all my customers before Christmas.

      If you really want to make yourself popular try delivering a New Series of Books right in the middle of the Christmas rush. Some years I was out delivering on Christmas Eve,..How to Win Friends and Influence people.

      But at least Christmas in those years was December 25th. Can anybody justify changing it(according to the Christmas Mince Pies in Tesco) to November?

  • Paul
    3 years ago

    Customs my foot! That is nonsense! Hong Kong is having massive pro democracy demonstrations and the roads are blocked etc. Just late last week they allowed some of the Government workers to enter their buildings. It’s just Propaganda.

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