Double-digit gains continued in July at the Port of New York and New Jersey. Autos led the charge posting a stunning 79 percent increase from the previous year’s monthly figure. In July, a total of 39,690 autos moved through the Port compared to 22,178 in July 2020.
July’s total volume of 758,810 TEUs (420,847 containers) represented a 25.9 percent increase versus the 607,463 TEUs (342,124 containers) recorded in July 2020. This number brings our year through July total to 5,153,882 TEUs (2,860,886 containers).
Imports and exports also held steady with double-digit gains in July. Imports rose by 20.6 percent, totaling 396,699 TEUs (220,688 containers), while July 2020 posted 328,864 TEUs (185,098 containers). From January through July 2021, imports reached 2,650,727 TEUs (1,481,040 containers), a 29.4 percent rise compared to the 2,047,822 TEUs (1,165,183 containers) recorded in the same period of 2020.
Exports in July totaled 362,111 TEUs (200,159 containers) versus 278,599 TEUs (157,026 containers) in July 2020, a 30 percent increase in TEU volume. From January through July 2021, exports reached 2,503,155 TEUs (1,385,097 containers) compared to 1,925,266 TEUs (1,088,185 containers) in the same period of 2020, also a 30 percent increase.
Due to the surge in imports requiring empty containers to be sent back to manufacturing centers, export empties at the Port of New York and New Jersey rose by 42.7 percent in July, with 250,952 compared to 175,859 the previous year. From January through July, export empties totaled 1,692,745 versus 1,162,914 for the same period last year, a 45.6 percent increase.
Rail volume increased 6.1 percent from the previous year’s July figure, totaling 56,492 containers for July 2021. Rail volume, January through July 2021, was 9.5 percent greater than in the same period of 2020.