A frequent question we are asked around this time of year is about Blank Sailings. A Blank Sailing is when an organised group of shipping lines omit specific sailings in order to decrease capacity which increases demand and price. Many times, Blank Sailings are part of a larger program called a Slack Season Program. Will Blank Sailings be active during the 2017 Chinese New Year Period? Read on to learn more.

What to expect regarding sea freight Blank Sailings around Chinese New Year 2017

Helia Leighton, Head of Procurement at BCR who has over 25 years of experience within the freight forwarding industry commented that there will be four blank sea freight sailings during the 2017 Chinese New Year period. Two of these will be on the A3S service in early and mid February and another two on the CAT/NEAX services. Details on these are included below:

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In addition to the above there will be the following:

  • Consortium: CAT
    • There will be a 2 week gap from last ETD SHEKOU departure 2 February until first sailing 16 Feb
    • CAT705 – YM ANTWERP 080S/N  will be blank sailing
  • Consortium: NEAX
    • There will be a 2 week gap from 1 February departure Shanghai til 15 February
    • NAX704 –  YM SEATTLE 072S/N will be blank sailing

What can you do to decrease the impact of sea freight Blank Sailings on your business?

Every business, product and case is different. In order to minimise disruptions, contact us today and we will provide you with individual advice based on your situation.

Do you have any questions about Blank Sailings, Slack Season Programs or Capacity Management Programs?

If you have any questions or would like to learn more on Blank Sailings or on how BCR can serve your business with import/export sea freightair freight and or 3PL warehousing, contact us today.

For more than a century, 3PL and Freight forwarding service provider, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including BrisbaneSydneyMelbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).