Container terminals at the New York – New Jersey seaport complex are suffering the wrath of drayage company owners who claim conditions are “horrible” and “broken” and adversely affecting their businesses. One of the major underlying causes appears to be the terminals’ limited truck gate hours, causing mile-long truck backups at the gates. Additional factors include slow turn times due to ILA labor shortages and severe winter weather.
Although a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey task force promises to issue a report in June recommending improvements, it may be too late for the transport companies, whose customers are threatening to divert shipment to other East Coast ports. See the full story in the Journal of Commerce (site registration required).