As the largest port on the East Coast and the third largest in the US, the Port of New York and New Jersey is a passageway to one of the largest and most important consumer markets in the world.

During January 2019, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled more than 622,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), the most ever for a month of January and the fifth highest total for any month in the port’s history. 

  • The record cargo volume handled allows the port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast and the third busiest in the nation following Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • The cargo growth was bolstered by a 5.9 percent increase in imported goods including clothing, furniture, electronics and other everyday products over the previous record for imports set in January 2018. 
  • In addition to cargo containers, the port also set a new January record for cargo handled by rail, moving 54,705 containers, up 8.8 percent over the previous record set in January 2018.

The port continues to attract larger container ships as a result of the completion of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which raised the clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet.

  • Since the bridge project was completed, the port has seen a dramatic increase in the size of vessels calling on the port, with nearly 30 percent of all containerized cargo carried on vessels with the capacity to handle 9,000 or more TEUs – the size vessel that could not transit under the old Bayonne Bridge.

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Port Resources

• Trade Statistics for the Port of NY & NJ• NY & NJ Port Library
• Truckers' Resources • Air Cargo
• Monthly Loaded Container Statistics

Drayage Cost Comparison

CITYSUBMARKETCOST PER CONTAINERFROM PORT NEWARK/ELIZABETH
CarlstadtMeadowlands39516.3 miles
SecaucusMeadowlands39512.3 miles
NewarkNewark3006 miles
ElizabethLinden / Elizabeth3007.4 miles
Port Newark / ElizabethLinden / Elizabeth3000 miles
Carteret / Exit 12Carteret / Avenel39516.1 miles
Edison Route 287 / Exit 1035026.8 M miles
Perth AmboyRoute 287 / Exit 1042522.1 miles
Cranbury Exit 8A49539.3 miles
Robbinsville Exit 7A69551.4 miles
Allentown, PALehigh Valley79584.2 miles
Harrisburg, PACentral Pennsylvania950162 miles