In case you missed The Journal of Commerce Online, JOC.com article on NY-NJ port terminals upping capacity amid import wave, we wanted to share it here. WB Skinner’s President Bill Skinner was quoted heavily in it regarding the delays caused by the import surge and optimism for normalcy.
“Marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) plan to increase their container handling capacity and reduce the time truckers spend at their facilities as the ongoing flood of imports into the US that began last summer shows no sign of letting up.
During a webinar sponsored by the PANYNJ last week, executives from Maher Terminals, Global Container Terminals, Port Newark Container Terminal, and APM Terminals laid out plans that include new ship-to-shore cranes and yard equipment, ways for shippers to more quickly retrieve containers, and faster gates for truckers.
The executives outlined the projects as shippers seek ways to move containers more quickly through New York-New Jersey. Bill Skinner, president of the New York-New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, said containers are sitting at the port for six to eight days currently, compared with a more typical three-day dwell.
Part of the problem is that customers aren’t retrieving containers as quickly as possible because of limited availability at their warehouses, Skinner said. He said NY-NJ was also able to avoid the vessel congestion that is still plaguing the US West Coast. “