What Is Blank Sailing?


It happens quite often that if you’re a professional shipper and you’ve heard the words “blank sailing,” there’s a decent chance they were accompanied by frustration.

Companies oftentimes manufacture the goods in one place, then assemble the end product in the 2nd place and finally sell it in a 3rd location.

In between all these two locations, or even when it is just about getting the goods from their country of manufacturing to the one where they’ll be sold, it takes some transportation.

So while railroads, trucks and cargo planes are one option, when we talk about some trule big distances, the ocean freight is the king of trade.

Anyways, even as you hire a logistics & transportation company to manage all the fuss for you (and especially if you don’t), knowing about some of the most basic tips for transporting palettes with your goods is essential for absolutely any kind of business.

So, let’s start this list with this one:


While that may sound fairly obvious to most of you, still sometimes it’s best of all to be safe than sorry, hence making sure that all the sizes of the transportation pallets and boxes you use are standard.


While there’s no problem with that kind of regulation in the US and most of OECD countries, some big international trading nations do have regulations in regard to limiting the wood shipping.


Once again, while this is still one of the out-there ideas, but you can’t even imagine just how often we see businesses with a very long track record in shipping their goods globally mismanage the labeling and flop right there.

Ultimately this kind of a mistake almost guarantees you (or rather your goods) having a trouble later while on an inspection in some distant port…

So, in case you’ve also missed stretchwrapping your boxes or pallets, it’s best of all for you to right that wrong.

All because when shipping your goods over long distances, it’s absolutely imperative to both secure and stretchwrap them, protect them from the elements on the outside and also put in a fiberboard in between the sections.

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