Number of the Day: 2.5 million

NJ Spotlight | May 25, 2010

Port Newark/Elizabeth handles about 2.5 million containers a year, its primary type of cargo. According to the The Port Authority of NY & NJ, the top import commodities are furniture, women’s and infant apparel and beer and ale. Exports include paper, carbon and crepe, as well as vehicles and scrap mixed-metal. All those vehices that line the surrounding lots? The port is the leading North American gateway for auto imports and exports, which are generally routed via two vehicle terminals. In 2008, 654,760 vehicles were brought in via the port, while it handled 376,780 exports.