Winter Storm Toby Closes Roads

While the southern states experience their first week of pollen, the North East just can’t catch a break as it hunkers down for the fourth winter storm of the month.

Expected to bring strong winds, tree damage, and power outages, Winter Storm Toby may be the heaviest snowstorm of the season and states like New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia are once again preparing for the impact.  Most areas will shut down operations and ban commercial vehicles from major state highways. The heaviest is expected tonight, but as of now, the following ports have declared delays and closures:

PONYNJ container terminals will be closed today Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Green’s New Jersey office will be closed today, Wednesday, March 21, however operators will be online and working remotely. We will continue monitoring emails with the expectations of opening tomorrow. If you have an emergency, contact Thomas Grone at 856 924 0942.

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin as we continue to update you on port closures and delays.

Ocean Carriers Leave Door Deliveries Wide Open

It’s no secret that ocean carriers have been struggling to turn a consistent profit in the past decade.  Over time, steamship lines have phased out chassis ownership and invested in mega vessels to hedge against market risks, but the current U.S. trucking environment has created an impossible door delivery expectation, and some ocean carriers have had enough.

Citing congestion, capacity, and increasing operational costs, Hyundai and CMA CGM are leading the charge, sur-charge, that is.  Both steamship lines announced $300/container “emergency door service” fees, starting March 16 for CMA CGM and April 6 for Hyundai, to offset their losses while others like, Atlantic Container Lines (ACL), are simply eliminating the service in specific locations.

Here’s what many major carriers have decided, to date:

Shippers with door deliveries should be aware of the emergency surcharge and contact their ocean carrier representative for more detail.

Those looking for flexible alternative routings should contact

Extreme Weather from Canada Impacts Northern Rail Lines

With temperatures 40 degrees below zero, extreme weather in Northern Corridor of Canada continues to disrupt rail lines. The impact affects the ability for locomotives to generate enough air flow for the train’s braking system.


  • capacity, train lengths, and velocity have decreased;
  • ocean port terminals Halifax, Prince Rupert and Vancouver have experienced congestion anywhere from 24-36 hours;
  • decreased worker productivity and efficiency due to structural issues on rail operations i.e. braking system.

To comply with Quebec Ministry of Transport regulations, Spring Thaw weight restriction are in effect for cargo to/from Quebec from February 26, 2018 – May 25, 2018:


  • 21,760kgs / 48,000lbs / D20’
  • 23,800kgs / 52,500lbs / D40’
  • 22,800kgs / 50,400lbs / D45’

To avoid lingering congestion and further delays, ensure that you have appropriate permits and equipment to move your haul from the ramp in a timely manner. Also, remember that the weight restrictions apply also to the distribution of the weight over the axles of the chassis. If not, the container will be subject to an overloading fine.

For further information concerning the weather impact of Canada or Spring Thaw regulations, contact Green Worldwide Shipping at

Trump’s Tariff, 25% Steel and 10% Aluminum

On Thursday March 8, 2018, President Trump defied domestic and international critics and signed orders to impose 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminum imported into the U.S. The action was taken in defense of American industry and leverage as the President re-negotiates NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.  With tariffs going into effect in 14 days, commodity-reliant businesses will be feeling the impacts.


Steel has long been used in construction and served a strong indicator of overall economic development of a region. From the 1980s to present day, the number of steel workers in the United States has gradually declined as the production of steel moved to foreign countries, where production costs were significantly lower. In the early 2000s, an economic boom in China and India caused a 6% increase in steel demand and since then, Chinese manufactures, like ArcelorMittal, have risen to become the world’s largest producers. Today, China supplies 49% of the world’s steel, and the United States is the largest customer.

In 2017, the United States imported 5.7 million metric tons of steel from Canada, while some states, like Illinois, depended on Brazil for 41% of its steel. Countries like Mexico and Canada have been steady suppliers for the American market due to the free trade agreement, which was excluded from the imposed tariff; however, the current administration is looking to revise this agreement in the future. 


In a response to the “assault on our country” by foreign steel competitors, President Donald Trump surprised allies across the globe when he announced imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel. Adding to the America First agenda, the President upset Republican lawmakers who warned of “unintended consequences.” The goal of the tariffs includes protecting America’s domestic industry by supporting steel and aluminum manufacturers and promoting them so other countries turn to America, first.

In addition to protecting America’s best interest from excessive “dumping,” that countries like China are infamous for, the tariff protects against transshipping.  This practice act of modifying Chinese steel to re-sell from another country, masks the true origin of international production.


The initial wave international response was quick and negative, as other countries, fearing sale and job losses, voiced apprehension to Trump’s way of gaining soft power in NAFTA negotiations. Countries like the UK have responded by threating to retaliate against U.S. producers like Levi’s and Harley Davidson with trade barriers, alluding to a global trade war – with U.S. agriculture and consumer electronics most likely to be affected. The UK has been the most vocal about their discontent, but China poses the greatest threat, if they choose to act on the U.S. trade deficit.


Commodity prices will increase to accommodate the additional costs of tariffs, but it’s no doubt consumers will end up holding the bill. In a politically charged environment like this one, it’s uncertain what the final outlook will be. Time will tell how long the tariff will last, but as of now, the best we can do is to wait to see what unfolds.

Winter Storm Quinn Hammers Northeast Ports

Following two winter storms in one week, the Northeast can’t catch a break. Cities like Boston and Nantucket experienced up to 3 feet of snow, while Green’s New Jersey office took on 6 inches.  Here’s how East Coast ports are dealing with the arctic blast.

Due to strong wind gusts and frigid air temperature, the following terminals are experiencing closures and delays as of March 8, 2018:

APMT: Operations came to a standstill at 1:00PM yesterday. We are still waiting for updates from the Port Authority on reopening.

PONYNJ: Container terminals are CLOSED today, March 8, 2018 for clean-up.

PNCT: Operations came to a standstill yesterday at 2:00PM. The terminal will remain closed today (3/8) and reopen at 6:00AM on March 9th. Free time will be extended for boxes not in demurrage.

SEA LINK TSC: Closed as of 1:00PM yesterday and will reopen on Friday, March 9th at 7:30AM.

RHCT Newark: Operations ended at 2:00PM yesterday. We are still waiting for updates from the Port Authority on reopening.

RHCT Brooklyn: Operations ended at 3:00PM yesterday. We are still waiting for updates from the Port Authority on reopening.

PhilaPort: Closed early Tuesday, March 6th with hopes of reopening tomorrow morning.

We are still monitoring all port authority websites and social media. For continuous updates on Winter Storm Quinn, stay connected with us on Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook as we update you throughout the weekend.