Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Cargo Handled by the Port of New York, 1991-2016 (metric tons)
The port of New York is mainly an import port since it services a large metropolitan region that has lost a substantial share of its industrial base and which is focusing on services and high technology. The growth of the traffic handled by the port during the 1990s is solely attributed to cargo imports as de-industrialization endured. However, a new trend started to emerge in the 2000s, which involves a growth of export cargo. A rise in the price of energy and commodities have incited an active market for the export of raw materials (bulk) and particularly waste products and recyclable materials (general cargo).