The Port of New York and New Jersey is open and operating under normal conditions amid the unfolding health crisis associated with COVID-19. Our supply chain partners from the marine terminal operators and longshore labor to truckers and warehouse and distribution center operators are working hard to help sustain our economy and support the 28 million consumers in the local region that are dependent on the Port during this difficult time.
The Port is coordinating with our federal, state and local partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other emergency and public health agencies to address public health and safety concerns.
While container volumes are down this month due to the extended closure of factories in China, the port is receiving regular container vessel calls and all indications are that Chinese supply chains and factories are resuming normal production levels. Apart from a closure on Tuesday, March 17th for an ILA Holiday, all truck gates are fully operational during all regularly scheduled hours; with minor modifications for interacting with vessel crew and truckers. There has been no impact to our intermodal rail capabilities, and none are expected at this time. Our drayage truck partners are operating at full strength and not experiencing any driver shortages.
All cruise lines operating out of the Port of New York and New Jersey have suspended operations for at least 30 days.
As a precautionary measure, the Port Authority has cancelled all upcoming public events and will hold all but essential meetings remotely until further notice. By and large, terminal operators and supply chain partners are following suit.
We appreciate your support during this challenging time and will ensure regular communication with you, our customers and partners.