As the Journal of Commerce reports, the Port of New York and New Jersey has begun the first days of 2014 with the cargo pickups and deliveries delays due to congestion.
Drivers have been forced to wait in hours-long lines to pick up and deliver cargo at clogged container terminals.
The reasons to the congestion were cause by the mid-week Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, a blizzard that closed the port last Friday, heavy import-export volume, a tight supply of longshore labor, and cold weather that affected terminals’ hydraulic equipment.
Congestion has been especially severe at Maher Terminals, which handles 40 percent of the port’s container traffic and is dealing with heavy volume. Port authority police are restricting the length of truck lines outside Maher’s gates this week in an effort to keep roads clear.
Maher announced today that it would suspend demurrage penalties and extend free storage time through Friday. The terminal previously granted a one-day extension of free storage time during the peak of congestion earlier this week.
Please be advised that the terminal is keeping its gates open till 7 p.m. until further notice. The adjacent APM Terminals is keeping gates open till 5:30 p.m. this week.
Gate closing times don’t always mean the end of a driver’s work day. With terminals congested, many drivers have had to wait for service long after inbound gates are closed behind them.