Port of Oakland August Imports Up

The Port of Oakland saw a 1.6% uptick in the number of imported cargo that came through its docks last month, according to new numbers released earlier this month.

The Northern California seaport moved 97,850 TEUs in imports in August, according to port data.

This comes as fewer vessels have been calling at the port, which saw a 40% decline in ships coming to Oakland. Last month, 68 vessels called at the port. Last year, 113 ships visited.

Port officials say vessel diversions earlier in the year are attributing to the drop in ship calls.

Carriers wanting to sidestep congestion at West Coast ports have been rerouting their ships.

Oakland has said that it has freed up space at its vessel berths and container yards to accommodate more cargo.

“We’re pleased to see that imports continued strong, despite the challenges ports faced earlier this year,” said Port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “We’ve regained operating efficiency and we’re prepared for continued strength in the import market.”

Exports, however, dipped 5.8% last month.

So far this year, imports are up 14% and exports down 1.8% at Oakland, data show. Port officials have said they anticipate an increase in imports into the peak season with retailers prepare for holiday shopping.

By Karen Robes Meeks