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June 13, 2017

Port of Oakland import volume in May reached highest level since 2015

The Port of Oakland announced that containerized import volume reached a two-year high in May. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 82,440 20-foot import containers, up 1.4 percent from May 2016. It was the highest volume since August 2015 when the Port handled the equivalent of 82,492 20-foot import boxes.

Imports account for 48 percent of containers shipped through Oakland. "Our import volume has been up four consecutive months," said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. "That's encouraging as we head into the traditionally busy summer-fall peak season."

The Port said overall volume - imports, exports and empty containers - grew 2.2 percent during the first five months in 2017 compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile the number of vessels visiting Oakland was down 7 percent. Despite the fewer vessels, container volumes are growing due to the larger ships that visit Oakland, the Port said. For example, megaships capable of transporting up to 14,000 20-foot containers come to Oakland weekly.

Source: Port of Oakland