As the Journal of Commerce reports, container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey shut down Thursday, January 2 at 4 or 5 p.m. and remain closed to truck traffic until Monday morning because of a blizzard that’s forecast to hit the region with six to nine inches of snow and winds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Terminals agreed to grant truckers additional free time to remove containers before demurrrage charges are assessed. Free time that was scheduled to expire Friday will be extended through Monday, according to the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers.
Truck traffic promises to be heavy when terminal gates reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. However, officials said snow removal in and around terminals would have resulted in unsafe conditions and low productivity if terminals had stayed open Friday.
Weather forecasters said a major snowstorm would affect a region stretching from the Midwest to the central Applachians and the Northeast. Forecasts said the New York metropolitan area is expected to be hit with six to nine inches of snow and high winds that could produce whiteout conditions.
Please stay safe.