Key Dates in The UK Logistics Calendar For 2022

Posted on November 30, 2021
Categorised as Freight industry news

There are certain dates every year that can cause delays to international freight shipping. If you regularly import and export goods internationally, then you will need to be aware of these dates so you can prepare accordingly and avoid any disruptions to your supply chain.

Below are some of the most important dates in 2022 that could affect your international shipping.

1st January 2022 – Further Implantation of UK’s Phased Border Operating Model

Following Brexit, on 1st January the UK’s phased implantation of the new border operating model will implement the following controls:

  • The requirement for pre-notification of agri-food imports.
  • Customs declarations for every shipment to be submitted without delay.

31st January to 6th February – Chinese New Year / Spring Festival

Chinese New Year is on February 1st, but festivities begin on New Year’s Eve on 31st Jan and continue for a few days. The festival is a public holiday and factories will be shut down for the period. If your supply chain includes factories and manufacturers based in China, you should be aware that there may be delays caused by the public holiday.

14th February 2022 – Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a busy period for retail, specifically with flowers, chocolates, jewellery, and other gifts being bought and sent to loved ones. You may see an increased demand for these types of goods around this time so may need to ensure you have ample stock ready to go.

27th March 2022 – British Summer Time Begins

When British Summer Time begins, clocks in the UK go forward an hour, which can cause some confusion when you liaise with other countries. You should bear in mind that the usual time difference may not apply, and you may need to include an extra hour when working with other time zones to prevent any scheduling issues.

15th April to 18th April – Easter

The run-up to Easter will be a busy time for retail, especially those businesses that supply chocolate and Easter Eggs. You should ensure you are well stocked in good time to accommodate for the increased demand around this period.

1st July 2022 – Final Implantation of UK’s Phased Border Operating Model

Following Brexit, it was announced in late 2021 that the final phase of the new border operating model will be delayed from 1st January to 1st July 2022. The new controls will apply to agrifood sector goods imported to the EU and will include:

  • The requirement for Safety and Security declarations on imports.
  • Phytosanitary Certificates and physical checks on sanitary and phytosanitary goods at Border Control Posts.
  • New Export Health Certificates needed for exporting all products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products and composite products. Find Government guidance for Export Health Certificates here.


30th October 2022 – British Summer Time Ends

When British Summer Time ends, the clocks will go back an hour. You should be aware of the change when organising shipment times with other countries in different time zones.

25th November 2022 and 28th November 2022 – Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Originally centred in the USA as major shopping days following the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now international events. There will be a huge increase in demand, not only on the specific days but also in the weeks leading up to them, with shopping sales occurring throughout November. You should thoroughly plan ahead to ensure you have plenty of stock and your supply chain is organised properly to prevent any delays.

25th December 2022 – Christmas

Christmas is the busiest time of year for retail and logistics, especially in the weeks preceding it. You should start preparing months ahead to ensure you have a reliable supply chain and enough stock in place for the period.

UK Bank Holidays

Below are the UK bank holidays. It’s worth bearing these in mind when planning your logistics, as they could potentially cause a small delay to your supply chain.

Monday 3rd January – New Year’s Day (Substitute Day)

Friday 15th April – Good Friday

Monday 18th April – Easter Monday

Monday 2nd May – Early May Bank Holiday

Thursday 2nd June – Spring Bank Holiday

Friday 3rd June – Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

Monday 29th August – Summer Bank Holiday

Monday 26th December – Boxing Day

Tuesday 27th December – Christmas Day (Substitute Day)

Other Considerations

The shipping delays and supply chain problems that have been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to continue into 2022. Experts believe that container shipping will not return to normality until the end of 2022, so you should keep this in mind as you plan your logistics throughout the year.


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