Port of NY & NJ Sees Strong Supply Chain Amidst COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Thanks to the hardworking men and women of the Port of New York and New Jersey, over 53,000 containers were delivered to the Portís customers last week. Critical store shelves are being restocked daily and we expect another strong week.

Keeping the Port of New York and New Jersey fully operational is a shared priority of both our public and private sector partners. While efforts are being made across the country to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, both the Federal Government through the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Governorís of New York and New Jersey have affirmed that the maritime transportation and supply chain distribution systems are Essential Critical Infrastructure functions and therefore are able to continue operating during this challenging time.

It is critical that the workforce throughout the supply chain remain healthy in order to keep commerce flowing. To that end, extraordinary efforts are being made throughout the port and terminals to implement rigorous procedures, in accordance with CDC guidelines, for enhanced, hospital-grade cleaning & disinfecting. Additionally, new procedures have been implemented throughout the Port to limit face to face interaction between different supply chain actors (i.e. truckers and ILA clerks, ILA and vessel crew etc). It is incumbent upon everyone in the industry to take basic preventive hygiene measures and implement their own enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of common areas, equipment etc and to make regular use of all available sanitizers, masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies. The health, safety and well-being of our workforce is always a top priority, but now more than ever.

Our intermodal rail partners at Norfolk Southern and CSX have robust business continuity plans in place and are also considered an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and therefore continues to work hard to deliver cargo to our valued customers in New England, the Mid West and beyond.

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