Port Of New York And New Jersey Cargo Volumes Drop 21% In August


By Alejandra Salgado of SupplyChainDive

Cargo volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey fell 21% YoY to 662,740 TEUs in August as the seaport adjusts to lower retail volumes.

“Ahead of preparation for the holiday shopping season, U.S. retailers continued to draw from their overstock of inventory that was delivered during the record cargo surge over the past two years,” the port said in a press release.

Shipping containers lie stacked on a ship docked at the Port Newark Container Terminal

The port also saw cargo activity drop 8.6% compared to July 2023 figures, when volumes reached 725,479 total TEUs. Compared to pre-pandemic figures, the East Coast port saw volumes fall 3% compared to August 2019.

Despite the comparative declines, the port authority said the seaport had handled 2.7% more volumes year-to-date by August than it did in 2019.

Cargo volumes by the numbers

Container volumes processed at the Port of New York and New Jersey in August 2023

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