Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Dips Slightly

Port of Oakland
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A loaded ship at the Port of Oakland’s Evergreen container terminal. Photo via Oakland seaport.

Last month, the number of imports that moved through the Port of Oakland rose 6.7% from the same time a year ago, even as the amount of overall cargo dipped by less than 1% year over year, according to data released by the port Tuesday, July 5.

Oakland reported a 0.5 percent increase in May exports year-over-year.

The Northern California seaport handled 98,789 TEUs in imports, a win for port officials who pointed to ongoing congestion in the global supply chain. Bottlenecks at some ports and COVID-19 lockdowns at other ports have led to delayed arrivals of cargo to Oakland.

The port did see some vessel services return last month that were previously postponed when shipping lines adjusted their schedules. The port saw 71 vessels arrive in Oakland, two more than the 69 ships in April.

“We are very appreciative of our customers who continue to ship via Oakland even during the difficult times,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “The boost of import cargo volume in May is an encouraging sign for our seaport.”

By Karen Robes Meeks