Industry Insights

By Air

As the air cargo industry evolves, the New York City region and its airport system must implement changes that both respond to emerging trends and the needs of its supply chain management and logistics partners.

There is much to learn starting with key reports. Although somewhat dated, they do provide some context for recognizing the economic significance and the synergies between the on (JFK) airport cargo operations and the off-airport GatewayJFK supply chain management and logistics firms that not only support freight that travels by air, but also by land and sea across the nation and the world.

An Economic Snapshot of the Greater Jamaica Area (2016)

Prepared by the Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York, this profile of southeast Queens provides a framework for understanding the critical connection and interdependence between JFK International Airport, the off-airport GatewayJFK district and the Southeast Queens community.

JFK Air Cargo Study (2013)

Prepared by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ)

The JFK Air Cargo Study aimed to address cargo and logistics business needs and concerns related to facilities, infrastructure, access, and business development. The study produced an Action Plan Agenda for Air Cargo designed to ensure that future development accommodates growth in cargo tonnage.

JFK Vision Plan (2017)

The strategic plan for JFK International Airport and its redevelopment expressed in the JFK Vision Plan addresses issues relating to passenger terminals and cargo facilities as well as the internal circulation and external transportation access roadways.

JFK Redevelopment Projects

JFK Redevelopment projects are underway, representing a united terminal layout, quality amenities, on-airport traffic pattern redesign, centralized ground transportation, expanded taxiways and gate capacity, and modern security systems.

By Sea

GatewayJFK cargo community supports the movement of goods beyond the JFK Airport. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest U.S. East Coast Containerport and provides unmatched access to one of the largest and most concentrated consumer market in the world, as well as fast access to key inland and northern markets. Learn more about the container terminals at Red Hook-Brooklyn and in New Jersey.

New York and New Jersey airports and ports, along with many international points of entry for both people and goods around the nation work closely with a variety of federal and international agencies. They include, but are not limited to:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (JFK Area)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Administration

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Reports and Links

According to the Port Authority of NY & NJ, JFK Airport’s cargo tonnage was 103,096 short tons in January 2022, or a projected 1.25 million short tons at year’s end, ranking it #8 among US airports. This is in contrast to 2000, when JFK Airport cargo tonnage ranked #3 among landed weight at US airports with 1.8 million tons. Maintaining JFK Airport’s market position in the top 10 is challenged by other US airports generating between 2.0 million and 4.7 million in tonnage annually.

Air Traffic Reports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Air Traffic By the Numbers

All Cargo, Rank Order - Preliminary 2021

Port Authority NY & NJ 

Air Traffic Report - April 2022

Air Traffic Report - 2021

Air Traffic Report - 2020

Air Traffic Report - 2019

By Land

Roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and rail are a vital connection between New Jersey and New York, and the Nation beyond serving millions of customers a year.

Regional Freight - New York - New Jersey

What is G-MAP?

A comprehensive Goods Movement Action Program for the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Region—is a collaborative program that recognizes the need for more efficient and sustainable freight transportation to maintain the region's national importance as a freight hub and to serve local communities and businesses. 

NYSDOT Freight Transportation Plan

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Freight Planning

Industry Organizations

Industry Media

The following is a starting list of supply chain management and logistics publications. The list is intended to be an introduction, not a comprehensive list, to the complex world of trade, supply chain management and logistics industries and operations.


AirportVoice (New York | New Jersey)

Metropolitan Airport News


Air Cargo World


InBound Logistics

Supply Chain Digital 

Supply Chain 24/7  

Supply Chain Digest 

Supply Chain World  

Supply Chain Management Review

Supply Chain Brain

Air Cargo News