Chart: National teu market share of east coast freight ports


The Hyundai Speed ​​container ship docked Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Port of Wilmington.  The port does not know of any safeguards seen at other first-stop ports in the United States, but is affected by ships that are delayed at other ports.

The Hyundai Speed ​​container ship docked Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Port of Wilmington. The port does not know of any safeguards seen at other first-stop ports in the United States, but is affected by ships that are delayed at other ports.

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Across the country, ships are waiting to dock and shipping containers are piling up because there aren’t enough resources to handle them. The Port of Wilmington in North Carolina can accommodate the largest container ships calling on the east coast, but it remains underutilized despite supply chain safeguards. And a proposal to help the port keep up with its competitors has raised environmental concerns. This is the N&O special report.


The Port of Wilmington has a lot of spare capacity for handling sea containers, but remains a small player among the country’s seaports.

This graph lists the top 10 ports on the East Coast in terms of shipping containers for the first nine months of 2020 and shows how much of the national container traffic each port handles. The Port of New York / New Jersey, located at the top of the East Coast, is the second busiest port in the country after Los Angeles / Long Beach.

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Richard Stradling covers transportation for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, as well as ferries, bicycles, scooters and quite simply on foot. Also, hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic. He has been a journalist or editor for 34 years, the last 22 of which at The N&O. 919-829-4739, [email protected]


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