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January 21, 2016

Container volume in the Port of New York and New Jersey increased significantly last year with organic growth, added vessel services, and the diverted West Coast freight. This prosperity, and other factors, can bring periodic challenges to the port, but by continuing to work together to implement the initiatives of the Council on Port Performance (CPP), we can remain the preeminent East Coast port even as we continue to grow. Port users can help themselves and the entire port community by following the recommendations below.

Preparing for your pick-up/ delivery:

  1. Sign up for PortNYNJAlerts at http://www.paalerts.com/default_Port.aspx to receive the latest information about terminal and roadway conditions, closures, and more;
  2. Avoid being sent to Driver Assistance (Trouble Window) by:
    1. Verifying container availability before dispatching a driver to the port;
    2. Ensure that all charges have been paid and releases are in place;
    3. Confirm export receiving cut off times; and
    4. Confirm locations and restrictions for empty container returns;

All this can be done by registering free of charge for access to the Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS); a single portal for all six container terminals at www.porttruckpass.com;

  1. Download and familiarize yourself with the Truckers’ Resource Guidebook http://www.panynj.gov/port/pdf/CPP-2015-Trucker-Guidebook-ENG.pdf to make pick up quicker and more efficient;
  2. Verify chassis availability before dispatching a driver to the port.  You can sign up to receive daily emails from the chassis providers;
  3. Where possible, don’t wait for the last free day to pick up containers;
  4. Evaluate opportunities to minimize the morning crush on the gates (i.e. pre-pull containers, consider later appointments at warehouses and distribution centers, etc.); and
  5. Utilize the 511 system in each state you are operating (i.e. NJ - http://www.511nj.org/default.aspx) to get real time traffic and travel information about  accidents, incidents, construction and unusual delays on the Interstates, State highways, bridge and tunnel crossings.

At and around the terminals:

  1. Overnight parking on marine terminal highways and local roadways around the terminal is prohibited and will be enforced;
  2. Queuing before 5:00 am is prohibited;
  3. Follow all traffic laws (i.e. do not cross double yellow or drive/queue on wrong side of road);
  4. Where possible, minimize space between trucks in queue;
  5. Observe Variable Message Signs (VMS) for travel time information and consider alternate routes whenever possible;
  6. Utilize extended hours and weekend gates, when available;
  7. RFID tags must be mounted on the driver’s side view mirror, not held out the window or up to the windshield (only one RFID tag per VIN permitted); and
  8. For the safety of all, always follow the direction of Terminal Security and all law enforcement officials.

Observance of the above measures will help increase efficiency and productivity for the entire port community.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.



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