Port of New York and New Jersey, The

Sam Ruda

Sam Ruda

Port Director, Port Department, Port Authority of NY & NJ

The Port of New York and New Jersey is the gateway to one of the world’s most concentrated and affluent consumer markets. A system of terminals, rail, and roadways brings competitively priced goods to consumers’ doorsteps and U.S.-produced exports to the world’s buyers. We are the largest port on the U.S. East Coast, third largest in the United States, and ranked in the ‘Top 25 Ports’ by the World Shipping Council (WSC).

At the Port of New York and New Jersey, we know every hour counts when moving cargo. As the largest port on the U.S. East Coast, we have the facilities and options to move your cargo quickly, cost-efficiently, and in an environmentally sustainable way.

Port of New York and New Jersey, The

The Port of New York and New Jersey provides unmatched access to a large and concentrated consumer market, reaching 13.3 million people within one hour, 27.7 million people within two hours, 46.3 million consumers within four hours, and many more in key inland markets. This past year, we have seen record-breaking cargo numbers and are making critical improvements at our facilities to keep up with the pace, further ensuring the speed and reliability of getting your cargo to market.

A Global Gateway

From our terminals, rails, and roads, we quickly and efficiently deliver goods to local and inland consumers and businesses, reaching 134 million people within 36 hours by rail or truck. We are the first call for more than 75% of arriving vessels, and their cargo is often delivered by rail to inland destinations before the vessels arrive at the next U.S. port.

Collaboration, Coordination, and Communication

Relying on the support and collaborative efforts of our Port partners and the Council on Port Performance, the Port of New York and New Jersey remained steadfast in our commitment to deliver cargo despite challenging times. Through collaboration and communication, we work together and share information to move essential goods to millions of Americans and ensure the smooth flow of goods through our port.

One Port, Many Operations

Our six container terminals welcome the world’s largest ships, and our rail lift capacity is the largest on the U.S. East Coast. Our facilities also include three auto terminals, two cruise terminals, four ExpressRail facilities, New York New Jersey Rail, and access to more than 1 billion square feet of industrial space within 50 miles. Our diverse portfolio serves container shipping, automobile processing, bulk and breakbulk cargo, warehousing and distribution, cruise passengers, intermodal, refrigerated cargo, Foreign Trade Zone, cross harbor rail, and numerous maritime support industries.

Growing and Improving

The Port of New York and New Jersey has seen 14 consecutive months of record volume. In the first eleven months of 2021, the Port moved 8.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 19% increase from the same period in 2019 and more volume than in all of 2020.

In July 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $44 million infrastructure grant for road improvements at Port Newark, one of the bistate agency’s six marine terminals. This discretionary grant will go toward a $176-million modernization project to create a safer, more efficient road network configuration, delivering vital safety upgrades to a major connector essential to local and regional commerce.

These upgrades will alleviate traffic, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality for surrounding communities, and aid in moving more goods in and out of the port complex more efficiently.

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