Blank sailings hit Chinese container port volumes in October

Date Added: 3 November 2022

Blank sailings hit Chinese container port volumes in October

With a comprehensive portfolio of ocean freight forwarding services around the globe, and a particular focus on the Far East - Europe trade, Davies Turner notes that Seatrade Magazine reports that container volumes at eight major Chinese ports declined 7.3% year-on-year in early October, as movements were impacted by blank sailings as lines try to hold up freight rates.

The publication reports that export container volumes declined 9.4% while domestic volumes also dropped 0.9%. Over 20% of services between Asia and North America had been suspended during September and October as container lines attempted to stem the steep fall in spot container freight rates, as well as manage capacity during China’s Golden Week Holiday at the start of October.

Davies Turner is making every effort to help our clients with cargo that is being affected by this blanking of sailings and is highlighting the cost effectiveness and efficiency of our direct weekly overland express intermodal rail services from China to the United Kingdom, as can be seen at the following link:

For more information about Davies Turner’s ocean freight forwarding and logistics services, or our China-Europe intermodal rail services, please contact or visit the relevant pages of this website.


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