US Ports

US Ports

News, analysis, data and videos covering U.S. ports along the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast. From the latest news about port congestion, port strikes in L.A. or elsewhere, the JOC covers not just the details of the news, but the impact of current events on shippers, logistics providers, carriers, port terminal operators and other stakeholders in the sector.


Because freight moves through local, national, continental, and international networks, the federal government must take leadership in solving some of the current supply chain conundrums.

News & Analysis

03 Oct 2022
Major carriers and smaller liners are consolidating and halting trans-Pacific services amid a sharp drop in spot freight rates that hasn’t been cured by blank sailings.
03 Oct 2022
US cold-chain cargoes fell more than 20 percent through May as the combination of high freight rates, poor reliability of ocean carrier service, and lack of equipment took a toll on foodstuff freight.
30 Sep 2022
Two retired US Navy admirals are recommending that the national security impact of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal ballpark project be considered more seriously.
28 Sep 2022
A backlog of containers at BNSF’s Dallas-Fort Worth rail ramp has been reduced by about 25 percent due to more chassis coming into its yard and additional space and lift equipment.
28 Sep 2022
The ports of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville were closed to all vessel and truck moves as of midday Wednesday as major Hurricane Ian approached the west coast of Florida.
27 Sep 2022
The Port of Portland is on pace to recover approximately half of the volume it once handled.
23 Sep 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority is lowering the number of empties carriers can store at its terminals and increasing fees for storing empties that exceed those allotments.
16 Sep 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey has seen an uptick in empty container sweeps by ocean carriers after its decision to impose a tariff aimed at empty boxes lingering in the region.
06 Sep 2022
Norfolk Southern Railway opened two auxiliary lots to handle as many as 2,000 ocean containers to relieve the gridlock clogging its main terminal outside Memphis.
06 Sep 2022
While the security guard contract is separate from the coastwide longshore deal being negotiated, officials are working feverishly to avoid a strike, given the possibility that dockworkers would honor any picket lines, thus shutting down affected terminals.
02 Sep 2022
Technology intended to help shippers and forwarders manage arrival notice information might be the solution that federal regulators are seeking to bridge data gaps from carriers and terminals.
01 Sep 2022
Improving the flow of cargo through marine terminals is the primary focus of many who want to implement long-term changes to the US supply chain in the wake of the chaos wrought by the pandemic.
31 Aug 2022
The July spike in imports from Asia arriving at US East and Gulf coast ports overwhelmed some of those gateways with vessel backlogs and congested marine terminals.
31 Aug 2022
New White House port envoy Gen. Stephen Lyons tells JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi how transport providers and shippers can help accelerate the recovery of the US container shipping system as import pressures wane.
30 Aug 2022
The Asia East Coast service will offer one of the fastest transits between the US Southeast and Asian ports, cutting a week of travel time for Jacksonville importers.
26 Aug 2022
The US Surface Transportation Board has given CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Port of Mobile more time to reach an agreement with Amtrak over the restart of a Gulf Coast passenger service.
24 Aug 2022
NY-NJ marine terminals have been almost constantly offering Saturday gates over the last two years to help move import volumes, but those gates have accounted for only about 5 percent of total truck transactions.
23 Aug 2022
Charleston’s planned near-dock intermodal facility would allow the port more autonomy to move cargo and the ability to connect with major cities like Atlanta and Charlotte.
23 Aug 2022
Shippers who move cargo through Houston say more needs to be done to address how exports are handled in the face of surging import volumes that have also sucked up truck, yard, and chassis capacity.
22 Aug 2022
The dispute over job jurisdiction at Seattle's Terminal 5 (T5) was known to be one of the most contentious issues headed into negotiations between West Coast longshore labor and management, which began on May 10 and could continue well into the fall.
19 Aug 2022
Wan Hai says adding port calls to the US East Coast gives the carrier and its customers more options for returning empty containers rather than just sending them to the Port of New York and New Jersey.
17 Aug 2022
The move by Maher Terminals effectively shortens the time a shipper is given to remove their cargo from the port before fees kick in, while putting pressure on motor carriers and warehouses to operate longer hours.
17 Aug 2022
The South Carolina Ports Authority has started leasing new chassis from its Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal as it launches the first phase of its proprietary chassis pool program.
16 Aug 2022
Carrier53, a joint venture of a breakbulk vessel operator and container manufacturer, said it will offer trans-Pacific sailings from China to the US West Coast with a special emphasis on domestic intermodal containers.
15 Aug 2022
Year-over-year declines in import volumes amid weakening retail sales could help clear the queue of more than 30 vessels outside Savannah during the fourth quarter, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
11 Aug 2022
The US Department of Transportation has announced project grants designed to improve container handling at three ports, including the US’s largest gateway.
10 Aug 2022
The Harbor Trucking Association says it will provide evidence to the FMC about the burdens that West Coast drayage carriers face in returning empties to Los Angeles–Long Beach marine terminals.
10 Aug 2022
East Coast congestion continues to be a concern for carriers as more West Coast volumes are diverted, slowing cargo flow at East and Gulf coast ports.
08 Aug 2022
Performance Team has been evaluating the US South Atlantic cold chain market for further opportunities over the last three years, company officials say.
05 Aug 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey saw a decline in rail volumes in the first half of 2022 as intermittent container embargoes at railroads and low trucking rates pushed shippers off the rails.
04 Aug 2022
Ocean carriers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey should do more to sweep up empty containers, according to FMC chairman Daniel Maffei, as the agency announces a broader look into the issue.
02 Aug 2022
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will start charging an export container dwell fee in a bid to prod ocean carriers to remove more containers than they drop off.
02 Aug 2022
Drivers are returning to port drayage as long-haul trucking rates slide and operating costs for small, independent motor carriers rise.
01 Aug 2022
With North American shippers importing record amounts of Asia-made goods, the largest gains by volume were recorded at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, and Shenzhen.
28 Jul 2022
BNSF has partnered with the Northwest Seaport Alliance to open a new intermodal rail yard near the Port of Tacoma that will serve cargo destined for US Midwest markets.