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Asian Trade Increases Port Cargo

September 4, 2001

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ An increase in shipments of toys, shoes and cars from Asia helped drive up cargo values in the East Coast’s largest port by 11 percent, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said Tuesday.

The agency that operates the Port of New York and New Jersey said that the value of general cargo that arrived in the port in the first half of 2001 exceeded $38.2 billion, more than an 11 percent increase compared to the first six months of 2000.

Shoes, cars, furniture and other goods coming from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan jumped 17 percent during the same period, the authority said.

Total cargo volume rose from 8.9 million metric tons to 9.9 million metric tons in 2001, up 11.1 percent, the agency said. General cargo imports rose by 3.44 percent while exports were up 32.7 percent from the first half of 2000.

The increase in imports came mainly from woven apparel, up 31 percent from 2000 and stone, up 61 percent from 2000. Manufacturers exported 45 percent more wood pulp, 59 percent more plastics and 33 percent more in machinery than a year ago, the agency said.

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