A Message from SJPC's Executive Director & CEO 

Welcome to our Port-O-Call E-News! We’re excited to share news and new business opportunities with our existing customers and community stakeholders. 

The last several months have certainly been challenging for all of us. We've had to reimagine the way we do everything, including operating our businesses. It's no surprise that our team here has risen to the occasion to ensure cargo reaches its destinations. Ships continue to be loaded and unloaded, cargo moves efficiently, safely, and undamaged through our terminals. 
Our staff doesn't brag about it.  They’re not featured on the nightly news or recognized as front line workers, but they are. Without them – and millions of other marine terminal workers around the world – the world economy would grind to a halt and the goods that supply so many essential consumer needs would not be available. We are all so proud of them.
During this time, it is essential that we protect our team, we instituted stringent measures: social distancing, masks, sanitizers, health monitoring, and telecommuting for our office and executive team.  
As we continue to navigate the "new normal" we want all of our customers to know that you can depend on the same excellent service on which you have always relied. We look forward to working with you now and into the future to help rebuild our economy in New Jersey and beyond.   

Thank you, 
Andy Saporito 

We're expanding!

A new executive team and a commitment to expanding infrastructure solidify our commitment to helping grow New Jersey's economy. 

Andy Saporito took the helm of the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) late last year and brought with him nearly 40 years of experience.  He’s jumped right into ensuring the Port can serve business needs with top-notch facilities and creating a team that can execute the Port’s mission of job creation and economic development.

In his short time at SJPC, he surveyed the port’s facilities, equipment, and, business model to ensure quality customer service for current tenants and customers. His vision is to retain customers and develop a growth strategy that leverages relationships with stakeholders, the port’s team, and current and recently expanded facilities. 

Read the full story about SJPC's plans for the future. 

Customer Spotlight - Camden International Commodities Terminals

Cocoa imports soar at South Jersey Port amid pandemic recession

The economy is changing, and consumers are shopping differently. But while the pandemic is plunging the global economy into a recession, the South Jersey Port Corporations’s cocoa bean imports soared 15 to 20 percent as house-bound, virus-weary Americans comfort themselves with rich, delicious, soothing chocolate.   
“Chocolate is recession-proof and the future forecast for chocolate and cocoa imports look even more promising,” said Jeff Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer of Camden International Commodities Terminals (CICT) which imports its cocoa beans through the SJPC terminals, the bedrock of the Port of Philadelphia’s cocoa bean business.
U.S. imports of cocoa beans increased 6.73% to $676.62 million through the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

Read the full story

Grow your business with SJPC! 

Do you have additional logistical needs we can help with?
We can help grow your business and save time and money. SJPC’s expert customer-centric team is eager to serve more to our customers. Contact our business development team to learn how we can meet all of your maritime terminal needs.

Grow Your Business!

John Lawrie Tubulars expands with new lease at South Jersey Port property in Camden

John Lawrie Tubulars, specialists in the supply of steel tubulars for piling to the construction industry, has been expanding its services across America. Recent investment in a new yard and the expansion of existing sites as well as new equipment has meant the company is better placed to service the construction market now more than ever.
In May, the company expanded its footprint in Camden with an 8.5-acre lease with SJPC to complement its existing five sites across Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. The expansion includes both warehouse and office space.
Situated close to the excellent intermodal transportation links at South Jersey Port’s Balzano Marine Terminal, the new acreage provides John Lawrie with the additional capacity to store thousands of tons of pipe that is ready to ship to clients in the Northeast and across the country. Plans are also underway for capital investment converting the warehouse space to a state-of-the-art, full-service fabrication operation for cutting, beveling, and welding pipe to exact client specifications. The improvements are scheduled for completion by the end of this year. 

Read the full story

Grant award to help revitalize and expand rail facilities at Joseph A. Balzano Terminal  

SJPC announced approval of a $6 million Rail Freight Assistance Grant from New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) earlier this year. NJDOT awarded the funds as part of its 2020 Rail Freight Assistance Program which fosters a transportation strategy that provides mobility and efficiency in goods movement in support of the State's rail planning efforts. 
The funds awarded will go towards improvements to facilitate and expand rail cargo transportation at the Joseph A. Balzano Marine Terminal in Camden by increasing the efficiency of load times and nearly tripling the capacity of moving rail cargo. 

The improvements provide an opportunity to expand the local economy because crucial products like steel, cocoa beans, wood, and project cargo will get to businesses and consumers in the region more easily while also providing job opportunities for residents.
"This grant is a big win for citizens of South Jersey and is aligned with our mission of expanding the economy in South Jersey and providing job opportunities to our residents,” said executive director of South Jersey Port Corporation, Andrew Saporito.  “We are grateful to NJDOT for recognizing the potential and providing the funding to increase our rail capacity at Balzano Marine Terminal.”

Read the full story

Did you know? 

SJPC handles and an average of over 100 million pounds of cocoa beans each year. That is enough to supply all of the residents of New Jersey with chocolate for one year. If you're wondering how much chocolate the average person eats each year - it's 11 pounds! And there just may be reasons other than the delicious taste to eat chocolate, according to the American Heart Association some studies suggest chocolate or cocoa consumption is associated with a lower risk of insulin resistance and high blood pressure in adults. So enjoy some chocolate! 
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