Chinese New Year is almost here, which brings factory closures across China for a week, accompanied by blank sailings during the same period. What’s different this year is that carriers have announced over 40 blank sailings on Trans-Pacific Eastbound (TPEB) and over nine on Far East Westbound (FEWB) throughout February 2019 and into early March 2019.
What Are Blank Sailings?
A blank sailing is a sailing that has been canceled by the carrier. Why? When demand for space is low carriers will cancel sailings in order to ensure that vessels are full and rates stay up, since fewer sailings will be available.
How To Prepare
We recommend that shippers book three weeks in advance, before the cargo ready date, to secure space. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to your Mohawk customer service representative with any questions.