Date: Feb 13, 2003
Press Release Number: 16-2003
Imports of road salt – a commodity in high demand as the region battles one of the worst winters in recent years – are on a major upsurge at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The port has handled approximately 700,000 metric tons of road salt since November, 2002 and is expected to surpass the 992,000 metric tons imported during the entire 2001-02 winter season.
During the past week alone, five ships delivered 165,000 metric tons of road salt to Port Newark-Port Authority Elizabeth Marine Terminals. The road salt is imported from Chile, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Netherlands Antilles.
Port Authority Port Commerce Director Richard M. Larrabee said, \"This is a perfect example of the important role the port plays in the region. Many consumers never think about where certain commodities come from until they need them. Our ports provide a readily available supply of reasonably priced goods – everything from furniture to orange juice to computer products.
\"The port is a driving force in the region’s economy, attracting international shippers with goods that all of us need in our everyday lives,\" Mr. Larrabee said. \"When road salt, furniture, beverages, electronics and other commodities are shipped to our port, it is good for the region and a boon for consumers.\"
After the salt arrives in the port, it is stored by private companies that lease space at the marine terminals. State, county and municipal transportation departments contract with independent truckers to pick up the salt and deliver it to their facilities.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.