As we embark into the new year, we wish our clients, manufacturers and vendors a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. We are thankful for a successful 2018 and we are hopeful for a bright new future ahead of us. After all the fireworks and festivities of December subsided, we started the new year in high gear as we approach the busiest shipping season in China. Factories running on overtime, container trucks lining up the ports, seasonal commodity price hikes, and in general, a controlled chaos is once again the daily scene all across the country. It is no coincidence, that it comes right before the most significant (and the longest) national holiday season in China; the Lunar New Year. The holiday season that will turn major cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou into ghost towns as 385 million city dwellers travel to rural towns and overseas. Over the 40-day period of the Spring Festival, as it is known in China, authorities expect the nation to make some 2.5 billion trips by land, 356 million by rail, 58 million by plane and 43 million by sea in a phenomenon called 'chunyun', the world’s largest annual human migration.