9. It Is One Of The Busiest Ports In The United States

View of the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal
View of Port Newark.

Located close to one of the largest cities in the world, it is no wonder that Port Newark’s capacity would reflect its bustling surroundings. In 1985, Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal was the busiest cargo port in the world, though it has since lost the title to the Port of Shanghai. Even so, Port Newark remains a force to be reckoned with in the United States.

Today, it still receives the most first port of calls — 72% of all first port of calls, more, than any other East Coast port. In 2019, it was surpassed in volume only by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In 2019, the largest commodity imported into the Port of Newark in terms of general cargo were beverages, plastics and furniture. The largest exports were wood and vehicles/parts. Phoenix/Beehive Beverage, which was the largest Heineken distributor in the world, was originally based at Port Newark until it expanded as well to Brooklyn to import beer to the Red Hook Container Terminal.