East Coast Ports

In-depth news, analysis and statistical information of U.S. East Coast ports such as the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Savannah. Dockworkers on the U.S. East Coast are represented by the International Longshoremen's Association. East Coast ports have spent the last several years preparing for the opening of the new locks of the Panama Canal, which handled their first commercial transit on June 26, 2016. Industry observers are now watching closely to see if East Coast ports begin to capture a larger share of imports from Asia, which the West Coast has traditionally dominated.

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14 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s failure put a noticeable dent in US import volumes.
Cotton harvesting in Texas. Source: USDA, ARS. Photo by David Nance.
03 Jul 2014
The widening of the Panama Canal could eventually lead to a 90 percent increase in cotton exports for U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, and a 66 percent reduction in cotton exports through West Coast ports.
02 Jul 2014
A tropical storm moving up the U.S. East Coast threatens to complicate cargo movement by disrupting vessel schedules at ports already facing a July 4 holiday interruption.
Maher straddle carrier, Port of New York and New Jersey
01 Jul 2014
Container volume through the Port of New York and New Jersey rose 3.7 percent year-over-year in May, as increases in import loads and empty export boxes offset a decline in export loads.
A yard hustler truck carrying a container just unloaded by Crane 12 passes under Crane 14 as it lowers a container onto a waiting chassis. (NC State Ports Authority Photo by Susan Pridgen)
25 Jun 2014
The North Carolina State Ports Authority has decided to pursue growth through public-private partnerships, calls by midsize container services and cultivation of specialty cargoes such as refrigerated products and bulk wood pellets.
24 Jun 2014
An industry group seeking ways to improve performance of the Port of New York and New Jersey has issued 23 recommendations covering chassis, trucking, communication, performance indicators, and more.


The reaction of shippers to West Coast longshore labor disruption is evolving in such a way that West Coast ports have reason for concern.