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August 01, 2017
Port of Oakland ready for anticipated record peak-season import volume
According to the Port of Oakland's Maritime Director John Driscoll a possible record peak-season import volume should flow smoothly through the West Coast port. In his forecast before an expected holiday cargo rush, the Port executive said Oakland is braced for more business.
"We're hearing that the next two-to-three months could set new containerized import records in the U.S.," Mr. Driscoll said. "If that's the case, we're ready; we've got plenty of equipment to move cargo and our terminals are operating with high efficiency."
The Maritime Director's remarks followed a bullish forecast from the National Retail Federation. The trade association said this month that containerized import volume could reach all-time highs in July and August. That's the traditional start of peak season when retailers stock up for back-to-school and holiday sales.
Underscoring the prediction, Oakland reported record cargo volume for the month of June. The Port said Oakland imports are up 3.4 percent this year compared to 2016. The Port said it expects the trend to continue for the next few months.
Source: Port of Oakland
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