Gate Procedures

Delivering an Empty

Driver pulls under the house, exits truck, and opens container doors for empty inspection by TIR mechanic.

Upon completion of inspection, driver advances to the Pedestal, presses the alert button, picks up the phone and awaits contact by routing checker.

The following information will be requested by the routing clerk: Trucker Sealink number, Trucking company, Genset number (if reefer), Dual move request (if applicable), and Owner chassis confirmation (if applicable).

Once the routing process has been completed a trucker receipt will be generated showing the location where the container should be dismounted or parked.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS (resulting in equipment rejection or trouble ticket): Empty container dirty or placarded,  trucking company banned, no sealink card, container not in system, or container not to be returned to this terminal.

Picking up an Empty


If bobtailing, trucker should enter through the bobtail lanes (to the right of building). If these lanes are congested the trucker is allowed to enter any other Inbound lane for routing).

If the driver is making a dual move, they should notify gate clerk of their intention during Inbound processing.
Driver advances to the Pedestal, presses the alert button, picks up the phone and awaits contact by routing checker.

The following information will be requested by the routing clerk: Trucker Sealink number, Trucking company, and booking number.

IMPORTANT!All drivers must have in their possession a valid Sealink card and drivers license to exit this terminal.

Sealink cards are issued within the Port at the following location:
           Port Authority Building   
           260 Kellogg Street            
           Phone: (973) 578-2120

If all is in order, driver will be issued a "Pickup Ticket". The ticket will assign a container with a yard location.  If the location is "numeric" (eg: 42347.1),  the container is already mounted.

The driver simply has to go directly to the row and pickup his container. (In the above example, the container is in row 423 slot 47).

If the location begins with a "letter" (eg: T53034F.1 ) the container is on the ground. (In this example, the location shows the container in transtainer run T530 , stack 34, position F and height 1).  

If grounded, the driver needs to first go to the chassis area (see map) to pickup a chassis.
The following lines are part of the Maersk Pool and should use only a Maersk Line chassis :  Alianca ,CMA, Columbus, Crowley, CSAV, Horizon, Evergreen, K Line, Libra, Lykes, Maersk, Mexicana, Norasia, Safmarine and Seastar.

The following lines are not in the Maersk chassis pool and require their own chassis: Yang Ming, APL/NOL, Cosco, Hanjin/Senator, P&O, United Arab and Hapag Lloyd.

Since the driver is picking up an empty chances are the container will be substituted for a more accessible empty within the stack. The driver should advance to the row and hand his pickup ticket to the yard checker (in a white pickup truck).

Once mounted, the driver needs to go through Roadability for container/chassis inspection.

All equipment exiting this terminal must go through Roadability inspection. Failure to do so will result in the driver being turned back.

Roadability inspections are performed at the Main Roadability building lanes 1 through 12 and the 3 adjacent speed lanes. The speed lanes should only be used if the chassis is in good condition.

All chassis' requiring minor repair need go through lanes 1 through 12.

Reefer Roadability is performed at the Reefer shop.

Two Additional speed lanes are available in the yard as mobile units. If a chassis cannot be easily repaired a "swing bay" is available for chassis swaps.


After the driver has passed through Outbound Roadability, he advances to Outbound processing (Lanes 14 thru 20 under the main building).

Driver advances to the Pedestal and swipes his pickup ticket through the barcode reader and presses the alert button.  

Driver waits for his Outbound trucker receipt.


After receiving trucker receipt, the driver advances to the security booth, exits truck and opens rear door for inspection. 

Driver hands the guard his drivers license, Sealink card and trucker receipt for verification.

If the information on these three items matches, the trucker is allowed to exit the terminal. If there is a discrepancy, he is directed back to driver's assistance.

Problem Resolution

If a driver receives a trouble ticket at Port Elizabeth, they are instructed to "Driver's Assistance"  located inside the gate, to the right. There is clear signage.

Inside Driver's Assistance, there are several clerks who will assist driver and/or contact one of APM's analysts in our Terminal  Solutions Center.

After the problem has been resolved, the driver will go back to the clerk and request a new ticket which will complete the transaction.