After ending 2020 with record-breaking volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the trend continued in the new year with January 2021 as the seaport experienced double-digit growth in cargo activity and the highest January on record for volume. In January, the seaport moved 721,284 TEUs (400,400 lifts) compared to 617,024 TEUs (349,196 rail lifts) in January 2020, a 16.9 percent increase.  Rail volume increased 12.2 percent from the previous year’s monthly figure, totaling 68,880 containers for January 2021. Consumer spending in the U.S. continued to drive demand for goods, leading to higher volume for imports. In January, imports rose by 15.1Read More →

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced earlier in February that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, several Port of New York of New Jersey tenants, and other agencies and organizations across the state would receive more than $100 million for clean, equitable transportation projects. The funds were allocated from the state’s participation in the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, a legal settlement from the carmaker over emissions cheating claims.   The Port and other organizations will use its share of the funds for electrification programs, helping the Port Authority and the seaport with its goals of reducing carbon emissions in its operations, improving air quality and reducing the effects of climate change.   Approximately $36 million was allocated to reducing diesel and carbon emissions in New Jersey communities historically affected most by pollution through the electrificationRead More →

The Lunar New Year, which began this year on February 12, marks a weeks-long holiday that brings together millions from across Asia. While workers take leave to reunite with their families to celebrate the new year, global commerce braces for a disruption of the supply chain worldwide, from ports to shippers and other business stakeholders. This holiday is significant because many U.S. businesses are directly linked to Asian factory production, with most coming from China. During the holiday, production in Asian factories slows and ocean-going cargo volumes drop. The coronavirus pandemic further amplified the effect on production and cargo last year. At the start ofRead More →

The tumultuous changes in cargo volume from the COVID-19 pandemic ended with a flourish as the Port of New York and New Jersey recovered their first-half losses to end 2020 with a new container record of 7,585,819 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 1.5 percent from 2019. The pandemic led to vessel-call cancellations, sharp declines in factory production, and restrictions on nonessential business worldwide during the spring and summer of 2020. These actions spurred double-digit declines in imports at the port, resulting in losses of as much as 21.9 percent compared to the same period of 2019. Through the pandemic, however, the Port ofRead More →

Despite a challenging spring and summer and the most unusual of years, the Port of New York and New Jersey finished 2020 strong with double-digit cargo volume percentage growth in December.  Total volume for December 2020 was 709,075 TEUs (394,889 lifts) versus 584,743 TEUs (330,856 lifts) in December 2019, a 21.3 percent increase. This brings our full-year 2020 volume to 7,585,819 TEUs (4,255,501 lifts), a 1.5 percent increase over 2019 TEU volume of 7,471,131 (4,238,107 lifts).  Import loads (TEUs) were up 24 percent in December 2020 compared to December 2019, totaling 358,325 TEUs (199,628 lifts) versus 288,964 TEUs (163,238 lifts) the previous year. In 2020, import loads at theRead More →