Buyers caught unawares by Chinese spiritual holiday.

Another strain for buyers of COVID-19 response tests and equipment.

Many governments and NGOs are attempting to source direct from China of late, hence the numerous risks and scams targeting inexperienced buyers. Compounding problems for those scrambling to assess the quality of makers and purchase product is China’s Qingming Festival. Focussed on remembering ones ancestors, Qingming is presently being observed by China. That means that through till Tuesday 7 April, a lot of China is closed for business and sourcing is nigh on impossible unless deep relationships have already been established.