Motor carriers say problems with returning empty containers mean they cannot relieve the congestion of loaded imports at US ports.
While the ships in New York and New Jersey’s Newark port can be unloaded in a timely manner, one of the main problems facing the area is the lack of truck drivers available to move the goods to warehouses and then on to their final destinations.
The Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers applauded the Federal Maritime Commission’s formation of Supply Chain Innovation Teams aimed at addressing ongoing obstacles to efficiency at the Port of NY/NJ.
Port congestion is the main reason truckers miss appointments, said Lisa Yakomin, president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, a drayage trade group. Her organization has asked the FMC to see if it can delay the implementation of the new fees in NY-NJ.
Two of the largest intermodal trucking organizations in the Northeast have pulled out of a task force aimed at increasing New York and New Jersey port performance, saying the group has failed to address the chronic inability of truckers to return empty containers to marine terminals.
The commerce flowing through our ports represents billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs. All too frequently it comes to a standstill — in part because truckers can’t get their cargo to the docks. And the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers predicts “catastrophic congestion” if changes aren’t made. NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams recently asked Truckers Association President Jeffrey Bader what’s causing the congestion.
Op-Ed in Star-Ledger by Jeff Bader
Wall Street Journal: Problem shows how global trade logistics are falling out of sync.
NJTV News article about Port Congestion
Jersey Journal Article: Delays at the Global Marine Terminal port facility causing backlog of trucks.