Land, Sea, Air or Rail (white)

An International Gateway

When it comes to doing business, New Jersey is globally connected. The State is home to 19 Fortune 500 companies, more than 1,100 multi-national companies and 270 foreign companies’ headquarters.

To say that New Jersey is a multicultural melting pot that welcomes international investment and entrepreneurs is an understatement. The State is ranked as one of the most diverse in the country. New Jersey is #3 in the U.S. for integration into the global economy and the #5 state for incoming foreign direct investment.

New Jersey has five Foreign Trade Zones and a world-class logistics and distribution infrastructure that offers unsurpassed access to national and international markets. With 2,800 miles of Interstates and highways, the nation’s highest railroad density, the 14th busiest airport in the U.S. and largest and busiest maritime center on the East Coast, New Jersey offers easy access to almost anywhere in the world.




U.S. Cities Servers
from Newark and
nearby airports


Fortune 500
companies call
New Jersey

Foreign Trade Zones

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) are secure geographical areas located within or near United States ports that are treated by U.S. Customs as if they were located outside national borders. This can be very helpful to companies because it gives them the ability to keep costs down by deferring payment of duties until goods leave an FTZ.

New Jersey has five Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) strategically located throughout the state.

FTZ #44           Mt. Olive, Morris County

FTZ #49           Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal

FTZ #142         Port of Salem, Salem County; Millville Airport, Cumberland County

FTZ #200         Mercer County Airport (Trenton)

FTZ # 235        Lakewood Township, Ocean County

FTZ #49 at the Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal is one of the largest contiguous Foreign Trade Zones in the United States. Situated on 2,075 acres, FTZ #49 sponsors nine active Foreign Trade subzone operators that are involved with: manufacturing; pharmaceuticals; petroleum products; specialty chemicals; fragrances; and, other importers/distributors.

You Can Fly Almost Anywhere from Here

New Jersey gives business travelers, and companies that need to move cargo unparalleled access to destinations and connections almost anywhere in the world, by air.

Travelers in the State have access to daily non-stop flights to more than 90 U.S. cities and 110 international destinations via Newark Liberty International Airport and other nearby airports.

The combined airports in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area create the largest airport system in the U.S., the second largest in the world in terms of passenger traffic and the largest in the world in terms of total flight operations.

Newark Liberty is a major hub for travelers, as well as for express carriers like FedEx Express, which occupies three buildings on 2 million square feet of airport property. The airport’s strategic location, adjacent to Port Newark/Elizabeth and Foreign Trade Zone #49, gives companies the ability to access fast and efficient air-sea connections.

More than 25 air carriers operate flights out of Newark Liberty, including United Airlines, the airport’s primary carrier. Spirit Airlines offers flights to U.S. destinations and Air Canada offers flights to Toronto from Atlantic City International Airport. Frontier Airlines offers non-stop domestic flights daily from Trenton Mercer Airport. Plus, another 40 public-use airports also are located in New Jersey.

So, whether your business takes you or your products places across the country or around the world, you’ll want your company in New Jersey.

One of America’s Busiest Seaports

New Jersey is home to the Port of New York and New Jersey, the 2nd busiest seaport in North America and the largest maritime cargo center on the East Coast. Ranked #1 Maritime Cargo Center on the East Coast in the Jones Lang LaSalle Seaport Index for 3 consecutive years, the deep water port offers quick and easy transport of goods to national and international markets.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages the deep water ports of Newark, Elizabeth and Bayonne. Combined with the Authority’s regional air cargo network, they serve as a North American gateway for international freight as well as a leading hub for domestic cargo.

The Port handles every type of cargo imaginable, including: containers; roll-on/roll-off automobiles (Ro-Ro); liquid and dry bulk; breakbulk; and, specialized project cargo. Fifty-four container cranes stand ready to handle those and all other types of cargo. Three port companies supply floating derricks, including the largest on the East Coast.

The Port also hosts freight forwarders, brokers, financial firms, specialized export packers and other services. They move cargo efficiently and quickly from the Port to their next destinations by road or rail, including the ExpressRail system, which provides direct ocean-to-rail intermodal capabilities with on-dock rail lines.

Ready for the Future

In 2017, huge vessels known as neo-Panamax ships will begin traversing the widened and deepened Panama Canal. To make sure New Jersey’s ports can accommodate these super-containerships, major capital projects are already underway at our ports to ensure they remain ready for future trade activity.

For example, Port Newark/Elizabeth is in the middle of a $743.3 million rebuilding project to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge. The project, which began in 2013, will push the bridge’s clearance up to 215 feet to accommodate the larger neo-Panamax ships coming from Asia to the East Coast through the expanded Panama Canal.

The construction of a new, state-of-the-art marine terminal also is underway at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal on the Delaware River in South Jersey. The 190-acre facility will be the first new marine terminal to be constructed on the Delaware River in over 30 years. When completed, the terminal will significantly increase shipping capacity for the full range of commodities.

If you’re interested in connecting to the world by sea, New Jersey’s ports are the place to be.

what can choose New Jersey do for you?

Margie Piliere headshot

Margie Piliere Chief Economic
Development Officer

Peter Coats headshot

Peter Coats Economic Development Associate,
Manufacturing and Food

Contact Us

Subscribe to our mailing list