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Christmas in July – key dates for holiday delivery

Key Shipping Dates for Christmas Deliveries

Over the past 18 months, agility and flexibility have been paramount across all areas of logistics, as well as, for merchants and manufacturers. One thing we are now able to say for certain is that we need to do things differently from what we’ve been used to – this includes forecasting for major peaks as, at the moment, we are in a perpetual peak season.

As we all know, a key period for all shippers and merchants is Christmas. Due to the extraordinary circumstances across the global supply chain such as congestion and lack of available capacity, we are advising clients to arrange their Christmas shipments now!

All bookings should be made immediately to meet last possible shipping dates.

As Akhil Nair, SEKO’s VP Global Carrier Management & Ocean Strategy APAC advises (see video), major export trades from Asia are experiencing delays of over 20 days as the global Ocean Freight supply chain faces huge challenges. Compared to previous years, this means you need to making your bookings up to eight weeks earlier than usual.

The illustration below highlights the key dates for delivery to both America and Europe from Asia. Never mind December 25 – the only dates you need to know are right here:

 

Assumed

Assumed

Assumed

       

 

In Store

Arrival at Distribution Center

Available at Port / Arrival at Container Yard*

Transit

Delay

PTP Lead Time

Last Ship Dates

United States West Coast

Nov 1

Oct 20

Oct 15

30

18

48

Sep 3

United States East Coast

Nov 1

Oct 20

Oct 15

35

20

55

Aug 21

United States Midwest

Nov 1

Oct 20

Oct 15*

40

20

60

Aug 21

Europe

Nov 19

Nov 4

Oct 20

40

21

61

Aug 21


We have also created a downloadable checklist to keep you and your business on track to meet Christmas delivery deadlines. It is important to keep in mind that the current supply chain is volatile, and these dates are subject to change. In an effort to combat delays, SEKO is currently working across Transload, Air Freight and Ocean Charter to deliver certainty in these volatile and uncertain times.

The big day itself may seem a long way away, but when we break it down under these extraordinary circumstances, this is the reality of how we will finish out 2021. Safeguard your sales this Christmas with SEKO and remember that we are available 24/7 to help navigate during these complex times.

 

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