IFC would like to update you with the latest industry news relating to upcoming scheduled blank sailings as a result of the market ex Far East Asia being over tonnaged and all carriers currently losing money. The vast majority of the carrier consortiums have come together and agreed to each withdraw 1 – 2 sailings per month in rotation in order to reduce supply (Space) and increase demand which in turn pushes their ocean freight rates up to levels where they can all operate profitably.
Please be prepared there may be delays with bookings with carriers including our preferred premium carriers not offering a sailing for a particular week or needing to change load or destination port rotations in order to have their ships return to their set weekly schedules.
The Blank Sailings are scheduled to occur for the remainder of 2013 through to March 2014 which will impact 2014 Chinese New Year bookings. We recommend orders are placed earlier to allow for suppliers/vendors to arrange bookings in advance with our Agents to avoid any potential delays during this period.
We will endeavor to try & keep on top of all of the pending changes & notify you as soon we hear of any changes to sailings or schedules the Carries are planning so you experience minimal disruptions or delays with your cargoes.
Note the following intended Blank Sailing weeks (ie vessels withdrawn) as planned:
AAS N: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – MSK/HSD/MSC/APL Northern Loop
AANA: 48, 2, 8, 14, 20, 26 – ANL/OOCL/CSCL
NEAX: 47, 1, 7, 13, 19, 25 – COSCO/EMC/MOL/KLINE/NYK
AAS S: 51, 5, 11, 17, 23, 29 – MSK/HSD/APL Southern Loop
ACE: 46, 49, 6, 12, 15, 21 – ANL/OOCL/CSCL
SAS: 44, 50, 4, 10, 16, 25 – Cosco/ZIM/RCL
CKA: 45, 51, 1, 5, 6, 12, 18 – Hanjin/TSL/YML/Sinotrans
CAT: has not decided yet – YML/EMC/Sinotrans/PIL