The build up to Chinese New Year has already started, and can involve business disruption for about two weeks. Companies in China begin winding up for the year on 12 January, as workers head for home and the biggest holiday of the year. Exports of goods from China are therefore likely to be on hold, as companies close down and the transport network becomes clogged with holiday travellers. Everything closes in the afternoon of 27 January, and New Year’s Day on 28 January is a bank holiday.
Some exporting companies will re-open on February 2, but it may take a while for international import-export trade to return to normal levels.