New York - Volumes continue to remain strong even during seasonal slow patch and trucking capacity still remains tight in the region. The Port of New York and New Jersey is seeing truck turn times improve and delays lessen as terminals there work down the January backlog of containers. But drayage capacity still appears tight as local logistics executives see strong volumes of containers coming through the port. Trucking companies report that New York and New Jersey terminals are getting between 60% and 80% of container movements done in two hours or less. That compares to drivers reporting extreme instances of container moves taking between four and eight hours, with one driver saying trucks were queued “all the way to the Turnpike” during parts of January. The delays were the side effect of the record volume of containers coming into the U.S.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported its fifth best January ever with total volume reaching 622,531 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 6% rise from a year earlier and a 2% gain from December.
Shippers remained in a rush to move freight into the U.S. ahead of yet another delay in the imposition of tariffs, with inbound loads of 327,345 TEUs being the third highest monthly total on record and 6% higher than a year ago.