Philadelphia’s 15 piers and terminals on the Delaware River has seen more containerized freight arriving. In July 2017, overall cargo tonnage rose 12 percent, while freight arriving in 20- and 40-foot metal containers increased 15 percent, compared with the same month in 2016.
The biggest increases were in goods from Chile, Peru, and Brazil. During the first six months through June of 2017, container growth in U.S. East Coast ports was up 11.2 percent, while container volumes in Philadelphia were up 19.2 percent [PhilaPort].
Soon adding to the traffic, CMA CGM will partner with Seatrade and the French shipping line Marfret, to bring refrigerated goods, such as fruit and meat from Australia, to Peru and then through the Panama Canal to Philadelphia.
The increase in shipments has coincided with the expansion of the Panama Canal, and the completion of the 103-mile-long deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel, allowing larger container ships to journey up the river.