Top 25 North American Ports

The JOC Top 25 container ports in North America in 2016 represented 94.8 percent or 40.8 million TEU of the 43.1 million TEU in the total North America outbound and inbound laden container trade. The total volume of these top 25 ports in 2016 increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, failing to match the 6.2 percent growth of all ports in North America.The JOC Top 25 container ports in North America in 2016 represented 94.8 percent or 40.8 million TEU of the 43.1 million TEU in the total North America outbound and inbound laden container trade. The total volume of these top 25 ports in 2016 increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, failing to match the 6.2 percent growth of all ports in North America.

Top 25 North American ports by volume

CMA CGM seeking US adaptability through NY-NJ terminals purchase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
CMA CGM said its acquisition of terminal assets in the key New York–New Jersey container gateway was designed around flexibility for shippers, not a bet on permanent shifts in US coastal market share.
Container linesNorth American ports

CMA CGM adds terminal assets in New York–New Jersey

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor and Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
New York–New Jersey is CMA CGM’s largest gateway on the US East Coast, and the carrier intends to further develop calls in the New York area for which the newly acquired terminals will provide future capacity.
North American portsMaritimeContainer lines

JOC Rankings: North America West Coast ports lost share amid 2021 import surge

JOC Staff |
Only four of the JOC Top 25 North American Container Ports handled fewer imports in 2021, but growth at major West Coast gateways lagged that of their East Coast competitors, resulting in a shift in market share.
Port News

Transload demand pulling US LTL carriers closer to ports

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
With delays and port congestion common, and transload capacity tight, less-than-truckload carriers are playing a bigger role in moving containerized freight inland.
LTL

Chicago truck spot rates spiking off West, East coasts

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, and Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Outbound truck spot rates to Chicago from US ports and border entry points are surging, with the biggest increases in eastbound lanes off the West Coast.
Trucking NewsNorth American ports

USDOT, California seek to expedite port projects

JOC Staff |
A new agreement between California and the Biden administration seeks a more unified approach and “innovative” federal financing for port infrastructure projects that could speed goods inland.
North American ports

C.H. Robinson to levy $175 per container ‘congestion’ surcharge

JOC Staff |
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the largest US logistics operator, said it will impose a drayage surcharge starting Sept. 1 and keep it in place “through the end of December” as disruption caused by port congestion spreads inland.
Logistics Technology News

JOC Rankings: Largest North American ports gained market share in 2020

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.
North American ports

New federal funding brings Norfolk closer to 55 foot deepening

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia believes two milestones will put them on firm footing to become the deepest port on the US East by late 2023 or early 2024.
North American ports

FMC to take deeper look at Evergreen detention case

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A detention case involving Evergreen Shipping, Yamaha Motor, and a drayage provider is drawing the attention of the Federal Maritime Commission, which is reviewing the application of its detention and demurrage rules.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation News

New Charleston container terminal adds much-needed US port capacity

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Charleston has opened the first new container terminal in the US since 2009, increasing its terminal capacity by nearly 30 percent as cargo volumes surge in the Southeast.
North American ports

Savannah port adding capacity to address congestion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Georgia Ports Authority has approved $205 million in capital expenditures to address the congestion slowing down the supply chain through the port of Savannah.
North American ports

Rail delays stymie exporters in Memphis

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Exporters and trucking companies are battling delays on Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation in Memphis, causing loaded containers going to Charleston and Savannah to idle for days.
North-American rail

Detention and demurrage charges rise as regulators circle

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor; Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor; and Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Months-long congestion and the slow return of empty containers at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York and New Jersey are flowing inland to key rail hubs such as Chicago and Dallas.
Marine terminals

Port of Virginia to end floating receiving dates for export containers

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia will now set a hard date to accept export containers for each vessel, providing relief to BCOs dealing with frequently changing exporter receiving dates due to vessel delays.
North American ports

Container lines ordered to explain detention, demurrage assessment

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Federal Maritime Commission will take a deep look into the detention and demurrage practices in Southern California and New York and New Jersey, requiring ocean carriers and maritime terminal operators to answer questions about their policies related to importers and exporters.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation News

Savannah cargo flow improving despite record Asia import surge: GPA

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Volume has jumped more than 20 percent for three consecutive months in Savannah, which has slowed the supply chain for some shippers but not nearly as much as in Southern California.
North American ports

Port of Virginia expansion continues amid CEO transition

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia’s new CEO will start his job Jan. 19 and immediately have a host of short- and long-term projects to oversee to position the port as a top East Coast gateway.
North American ports

Cargo surge causes up to two-week dray backlog in Miami

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Drayage capacity in Miami is tight due to an unusual late-year surge in fruits and vegetables, cigars, and casual wear, causing truckers to be booked up seven to 14 days in advance.
North American portsDrayage

Port of Virginia maintains cargo flow despite record November volume

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Despite an all-time record in container throughput last month in Norfolk, the Port of Virginia has maintained fluidity through terminals and ensured equipment is available to truckers.
North American ports

Import surge at Southeast ports tightens chassis availability

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Volume in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia is rising quickly, including an all-time container record in Savannah and Norfolk in November, due to continuing demand for furniture and appliances.
North American ports

Port of Virginia gets Europe-to-Caribbean vessel string

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia has gained a weekly service that will be the loop’s only US stop from Northern Europe and the port’s first-ever direct connection for exporters to the Caribbean.
North American ports

Savannah gets export boost from new A&R Logistics resin plant

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A&R Logistics opened a resin packaging plant in Georgia last week more than a month ahead of schedule, and along with its new South Carolina facility will contribute a combined 100,000 TEU of new volume at the ports of Charleston and Savannah annually.
North American ports

New Savannah distribution centers to drive medical, e-commerce volumes

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Three new import beneficial cargo owners will be using the port of Savannah in 2021, just one part of a thriving industrial real estate market in Savannah that has been resistant to economic downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North American ports

Port of Virginia marks strong recovery with record September volume

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Virginia’s year over year volume rose in September for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, with truck turn times still less than 40 minutes on average but elevated rail container dwelling.
North American ports

A&R Logistics opens SC resin packaging plant ahead of schedule

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A&R Logistics has opened a new resin packaging plant in South Carolina two months ahead of schedule, causing port officials to be bullish about resin exports in 2021.
North American ports

US SE ports see uneven volume rebound in August

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Container volume in Savannah set a new monthly record in August, a result port officials didn’t anticipate but attribute to US consumer demand for online shopping and home improvement goods.
North American ports

Savannah, Virginia ports adjust operations to import uptick

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Port authorities in the US Southeast are closely monitoring terminal fluidity as volume picks up, and making adjustments to ensure cargo owners don’t see service degrade.
North American ports

JOC Uncharted: US ports step up calls for short-term stimulus

Michael Angell, Special Correspondent |
New costs related to the COVID-19 crisis and lower revenues due to the pandemic’s effect on cargo volumes are threatening the financial viability of ports across the United States.
North American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Pacific Northwest ports expect Q3 volume rebound

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Pacific Northwest ports in the US and Canada are focusing on terminal expansion projects to prepare for what they hope will be a return to growth after the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
International ports

New Walmart distribution center to drive Charleston port volumes

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Port of Charleston wants to diversify its cargo business into e-commerce, netting big-box retailer Walmart as the first major omnichannel retailer to occupy a port authority-owned warehousing complex less than an hour from Charleston.
North American ports

Port NOLA using sensors to track river depth

Michael Angell, Special Correspondent |
The Port of New Orleans will use information from sensors attached to commercial tugs and barges to better position dredgers to keep sediment levels under control.
North American portsLogistics Technology News

Drayage operators in LA-LB seek to further improve turn times

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Truck turn times in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to improve, but truckers seek more timely information from carriers and terminals so they can further reduce visit times.
North American portsDrayage

NY Waterfront Commission loses latest appeal over longshore hiring oversight

Michael Angell, Special Correspondent |
An appellate court has denied the commission’s request for a rehearing of an earlier decision that would shift responsibility for background checks and criminal investigations at the largest US East Coast port to New Jersey state police.
North American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Jaxport seeking city funds for dredging project

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Jaxport’s $484 million project, due to be complete in 2023, will provide a wider vessel turning basin and the ability to handle two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously in SSA’s Blount Island Terminal.
North American ports

Port of Virginia NIT expansion nearing completion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Construction at the Port of Virginia to increase capacity of the Norfolk International Terminals to 2.2 million TEU is nearly complete, with the final eight cranes to move containers onto trucks to be commissioned in July.
North American ports

Savannah’s ‘Mega Rail’ project nearly halfway done

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
With nine working tracks unveiled at the Port of Savannah’s Mega Rail Terminal Thursday, the Georgia Ports Authority is nearly finished with Norfolk Southern's portion of a large intermodal rail yard.
North American ports

NS on-dock Baltimore yard promises quicker intermodal service

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Norfolk Southern Railway has begun on-dock rail service from the Port of Baltimore, replacing an offsite yard, as part of a larger effort to make intermodal more attractive to BCOs using the port.
North American ports

JOC Rankings: US–China trade war accelerates market share losses for West Coast ports

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The years-long market share bleed from North America’s traditional West Coast container gateways continued in 2019, with Savannah, Houston and Prince Rupert the main beneficiaries.
North American ports

Ag shippers urge Trump administration to intervene on detention, demurrage

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
A coalition of 80 agricultural shippers is urging the Trump administration to get involved in the detention and demurrage debate now before the Federal Maritime Commission, saying the issue is even more important now amid supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Marine terminals