April 8, 2015 – Several U.S. East Coast ports are being tested by a surge in volume due to the months of West Coast port delays and a strengthening U.S. economy.
Joseph Bonney, Sr. Editor of the Journal of Commerce (JOC), has reported that high volume and the lingering impact of West Coast gridlock continue to produce uneven delays at East Coast container ports.
According to the JOC article, some of the sharpest increases have been at Savannah, where volume has been boosted by carrier deployments of extra “sweeper ships” to handle cargo rerouted to avoid West Coast congestion.
The Port of Virginia lost 4 days to winter weather in February. It is still trying to clear backlogs and stayed open for Good Friday. Port Newark Container Terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey also stayed open to catch up. A series of steps have been taken by the port authority to help handle any congestion.
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