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Peak Shipping Season

Refers to any given time period in an industry when shipments are larger or more frequent than average.

What is Peak Shipping Season?

Peak shipping seasons tend to revolve around several holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. For some businesses, the peak season continues through December and January due to Valentine’s Day. 

From mid-August to mid-October, there’s more bulk freight being shipped globally so that retailers can have items in stock before the holiday spending season.

A second, shorter peak season occurs from January to February, influenced by the break of Chinese New Year, which affects manufacturing operations for the world’s single largest exporter. Many manufacturing and shipping centers close at this time for anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks for local festivities, so shippers rush to get orders in before the close. 

During these times of year, you will find that demand on shipping services is increased, freight rates are sky-high, and transit times are lengthened. 

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