A uniform increase in the gate hours of the major terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey is needed to handle the expected surge in thousands of containers loaded on and off mega-ships, industry leaders argue. Although turn times have improved at the port, the terminals and trucking community will not be able to handle the container volume within the current gate hours at the port’s four main terminals, speakers told several hundred attendees at the Port of New York and New Jersey Port Industry Day on Monday. The terminals at present open around 6 a.m. and close between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., local time, depending on the terminal and the type of cargo.
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