Urgent: Hurricane Sandy disruption

Hurricane Sandy & New York City


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the US East Coast – and in particular the New York area – has suffered severe disruption to all telecommunications and transport services.

Many freight forwarding and logistics businesses are closed for the day or are operating on a very limited basis. In addition, there is extremely restricted access to US Customs and other critical connections.

Some air travel is expected to return to the New York City metro area on Wednesday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport in New Jersey will open at 7 am (local time) with limited services.

It is unclear how many flights will be permitted and what carriers will have flights operating. New York’s LaGuardia Airport remains closed.

Severe delays and backlogs are expected for both inbound and outbound air cargo shipments. In the New York area around 20,000 flights have so far been cancelled, with this figure likely to rise significantly over the next 48 hours.

There is severe disruption to all ocean freight services to and from the New York area. Currently all of New York Port Authority’s maritime facilities including all ocean ports are closed until further notice.


Reported by WCA

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