The Port of New York and New Jersey has started to take measures have been taken to help minimize the potential impact of severe weather. Last winter was exceptionally cold and snowy across most of the United States and the weather had a profound impact on the port’s ability to remain efficient and provide reliable service to customers.
The Port Authority of NY & NJ will continue to host planning conferences in advance of each predicted weather event. The terminal operators, trucking associations, labor, equipment providers, and US Customs and Border Protection will all work together to develop a unified plan to address any weather-related closings and to plan recovery efforts. Any changes in hours of operations (i.e. weather related closures, additional hours etc) will be communicated as early as possible so that truckers and Beneficial Cargo Owners can better plan future container recovery.
After a trial last winter, the Port Authority will pre-treat the roadways with brine before driving conditions deteriorate. Terminals have revised snow-plowing procedures and worked with the International Longshoremen’s Association on a tiered staffing plan based on predicted weather or snow removal.
The equipment providers of chassis continue to increase their buffer stock and increase the number of roadworthy units in the region. To ensure pick up on the first day of availability, Customs Exams Stations (CES) increased the size of the dedicated chassis fleet and drivers.
To accommodate the peak season associated with cold treated/perishable imports during the next three months, CBP and the CES operators will be providing extended hours of service and will be prepared to take extraordinary measures if necessary to clear any exam boxes.
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