Global Trade and New Year Holidays – Considerations for Your Business

30 December 2020
Global Trade Data

New Year Holiday Season is a time when people enjoy the occasions, but at the same time, import-export businesses get affected, if they do not have planned early. Companies who have import or export goods ahead before holidays would not be affected that much and continue with their business in local market. However, companies who haven’t stock up their inventory, their business could be affected during New Year holidays.


Get a clear picture of global imports and exports during and New Year holidays from data available at Export Genius. Let’s see imports and exports by country recorded in the world during last year holiday season of New Year. Also, analyze some key considerations for your business during this festive season.


Imports by Country (2018-Q4 and 2019-Q4)


Based on global trade data, the top importer country in the world, the United States of America imported goods worth USD 676.4 billion in Q4 of 2018 and USD 638.1 billion in Q4 of 2019. Here is a list of top 10 import countries with dollar amount recorded in Q4 of last two years.


Country

Value USD Billion (2018-Q4)

Value USD Billion (2019-Q4)

United States

676.4

638.1

Germany

315.5

302.0

Japan

198.8

183.3

United Kingdom

171.0

179.4

France

163.8

152.0

South Korea

139.3

124.9

Canada

112.0

114.4

Spain

95.3

90.1

Taipei, Chinese

72.7

72.2

Switzerland

66.4

74.2

 


Exports by Country (2018-Q4 and 2019-Q4)


The top exporter country, the United States of America exported goods valued USD 421.8 billion in Q4 of 2018 and USD 415.4 billion in Q4 of 2019. Below given chart shows dollar amount of top 10 exporter countries recorded in Q4 of last 2 years.


Country

Value USD Billion (2018-Q4)

Value USD Billion (2019-Q4)

United States

421.8

415.4

Germany

375.8

366.4

Japan

187.8

179.6

South Korea

154.8

136.4

France

145.1

140.0

Russia

123.9

111.8

United Kingdom

116.0

122.1

Canada

112.0

112.2

Taipei, Chinese

85.4

87.3

Switzerland

75.3

78.7

 


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5 New Year Holiday Effects on Global Trade




Production Delays


Don’t be alarmed if you could not contact your suppliers during holiday season as many companies give time off to travel to their employees. As a result, production of goods may get delayed at the time of New Year holidays.


Staff Shortages


The majority of the workforce would take an extended break during New Year holiday season. So, factories won’t be operating at full capacity due to shortage of staff. As a result, there would be reduction in quality of goods importing or exporting across international borders.


Customs Clearance and Freight Forwarders


The import-export business impact of New Year holidays is not limited to production facilities. Service industries too are affected and that means Customs and local logistics providers. Even international freight forwarding companies will also experience disruption.


International Shipping Delays


As production slows down during holidays, sea freight carriers usually reduce capacity with blank sailings and port omissions, therefore space on vessels can become tight. It can also be difficult to source local transport as drivers take time off and travel home in time for the celebrations.


Road Transportation to and from Ports


If you haven’t got your shipment to a port before holidays, there is a risk that it might not move until after the holidays. While some road transport companies would operate during this time, they would have fewer resources than usual. Even if you could get your consignment transported in the final run up to the holidays, you should expect the freight rate to be considerably higher than usual.


In conclusion, international trade during the holiday season of and New Year is an important part to a lot of businesses. Companies who are well prepared are less affected and others who are not feel the real pain. Market intelligence data and report helps in getting and analyzing the real picture of global import export market during and New Year holidays.

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