The Port of New York and New Jersey is the gateway to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world. It is the largest port on the East Coast, and the third-largest in the nation.
In 2016, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled 3,602,508 cargo containers, valued at nearly $200 billion. These volumes allowed the port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast with nearly 30 percent of the total market share.
The Port Authority also maintains and operates public berths, at which shippers can arrange to load and unload cargo. Most of the vehicles coming into and out of the Port use public berths, as does most of the bulk and breakbulk cargo. (Bulk cargo is loose and can be poured, such as salt, grain, or liquids. Breakbulk cargo is in individual units, such as bags or crates, that can be counted.)
The Port Authority builds, improves, and maintains most of the terminals’ facilities and underlying infrastructure. This includes much of the Port’s transportation connections, including ExpressRail and road connections to the surrounding highways, interstates, and the New Jersey Turnpike.