Blank Sailings: How to Plan Your Shipment Around Chinese New Year


In 2019, Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – will take place from February 3rd through 9th.

Carriers generally announce blank sailings (also known as void sailings) after Chinese New Year, which will affect shipments from the Trans-Pacific Eastbound and Far East Westbound routes. In a nutshell, a blank or void sailing means a sailing that has been cancelled by the ocean carrier, or one where the vessel is skipping one port.

Through blank or void sailings can happen for any reason, low demand is the main reason for cancelling shipments.

During the Chinese New Year season, since factories are closed, it is very common that carriers cancel sailings or skip ports due to low demand. If your cargo is booked on a sailing has been canceled, the cargo will be rescheduled on the next available vessel. MTS Logistics follows each booking very closely with our online dashboard system, and will keep clients updated with status of your cargo if there is any change.

Blank sailings also lead to tighter space on vessels.

MTS Logistics suggests that importers and exporters plan their shipments in advance, and make bookings a few weeks before the cargo ready date, to secure your space.

Being flexible and reconsidering your cargo’s routing also helps with shipment planning during peak seasons or tight space. Blank sailings may affect your route, but MTS Logistics is ready to assist with different route planning and finding the best logistical solution for your shipment. Shipping with a longer transit time also would be a great strategy since the fastest vessels are more likely to be overbooked and it is harder to find space. Lastly, having clear communication between your suppliers, buyers, and freight forwarder leads to the best shipping solution.

MTS Logistics works closely with customers to make all options available, and provides excellent service during tight periods and blank sailings.

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Meryem Goksu Kaya
Meryem Goksu Kaya, who worked at MTS Logistics between 2015 to end of 2018, is originally from Turkey. Meryem Goksu graduated from Middle East Technical University with a Business Administration degree. She came to the U.S. in 2012 to complete a Dual Diploma Program at The State University of New York at Binghamton. Right after her graduation in 2015, she started working at MTS Logistics as an Import Documentation Specialist. At the same time she continued her education at New York University and got a Digital Marketing Certificate in 2016. In 2016 Meryem Goksu became promoted to Documentation Department Manager and continued her post graduate education at Harvard University Extension School with Digital Media Design. In 2017 Meryem Goksu became promoted to Import Development Manager and she graduated with her masters in 2020.