Last winter was relatively mild as compared to the winter before when we were hit with a record snowfall of 61 inches – nearly twice the norm. The weather had a profound impact on the port’s ability to remain efficient and provide reliable service to our customers. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Winter Outlook, which was issued last month, indicates that this winter will be warmer and wetter – but not necessarily snow and ice. Whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us this winter, measures have been taken in the Port of New York and New Jersey to help minimize the potential impact.
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. terminal closures, additional hours etc) will be communicated as early as possible via the PortNYNJAlerts system at www.paalerts.com/default_Port.aspx and on the homepage of the Terminal Information Portal System (TIPS) at www.porttruckpass.com so that truckers and importers/exporters can better plan future container receipt and delivery.
The following is a summary of actions that will be taken this winter:
In the event that a joint decision is made for all container terminals to close for the entire day due to inclement weather:
Trucking companies, importers and exporters, NVOCC’s and other service providers are encouraged to:
a) verify both chassis and container availability before dispatching a driver to the port;
b) ensure that all charges have been paid and releases are in place;
c) confirm export receiving and cut off times by;
d) utilize all available hours at the container terminals to conduct your transaction;
e) make use of TIPS (www.porttruckpass.com) to help optimize your visit to the port, and;
f) review the Truckers’ Resource Guide for procedures, Frequently Asked Questions and ways to avoid the Trouble Window
Drivers should be reminded to remove all snow/ice accumulation from the tops of containers before coming to the port. It is against the law in many states to operate on a public road with snow/ice on your vehicle. It could also delay your time at the terminals if the cargo handling equipment is unable to securely connect to the container.
Your compliance will increase efficiencies for everyone involved at the port, and the port community thanks you in advance for doing so.