Maritime Commerce in Greater Philadelphia

For more than 300 years, the Delaware River has served as a key commercial highway for the region. While Greater Philadelphia’s maritime roots remain, rapid globalization and technological advances are driving an industry-wide transformation that has impacted the role that Delaware River ports play in the larger economy. Understanding the impact of ever-evolving trends in maritime commerce on Greater Philadelphia is essential to make appropriate policy and investment decisions.


In this report, the Economy League evaluates existing port conditions along the Delaware River and market-driven opportunities for expansion. The analysis includes an economic impact assessment, Delaware River port descriptions, global trends, and recommended strategies for ports growth.