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.

Special Coverage

Both sides say they're still interested in an early deal, but talk of a 10-year contract has cooled.

News & Analysis

29 Nov 2016
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers have scheduled “informal meetings on collective bargaining issues.”
28 May 2014
U.S. ports outpaced their Canadian rivals on the east coast of North America during the first quarter, with solid growth at Savannah helping the U.S. Southeast surpass other regions.
22 May 2014
The Georgia Ports Authority board this week approved $86.5 million to buy four new ship-to-shore cranes and 20 new rubber-tired gantry cranes to allow the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal to accommodate bigger ships and provide faster handling.
21 May 2014
Rising capital needs in an era of carrier alliances and huge ships may force neighboring ports to put aside their differences and cooperate, said CEO James Newsome of the South Carolina Port Authority.
20 May 2014
Robust April imports through several U.S. ports are at least partly related to initial effects of shippers accelerating import shipments to avoid potential disruption at West Coast ports tied to longshore labor negotiations.
13 May 2014
John Reinhart wears nice suits, but not on Saturdays. That’s when the Virginia Port Authority’s CEO dons casual garb and roams the port’s container terminals.

Commentary

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