Port of Oakland No. 1 in Annual Reefer Cargo

The Port of Oakland headquarters building. Photo: Mark Nero.

The Port of Oakland moved $7.1 billion worth of refrigerated cargo in 2023, making it No. 1 in TEU volumes for reefer exports in the U.S. last year, the port announced Feb. 21.

The Northern California seaport saw its reefer export numbers rise by 4.1% last year to 18.3%, while the nation’s total volumes for reefer exports tumbled by 20%.

The port added that it has ranked first among U.S. seaports in international reefer export TEUs for seven straight years, moving perishable products such as beef, pork, fruit, dairy and vegetables, the port’s top reefer exports to overseas destinations such as Asia.

“The port and its partners have made significant investments in state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled facilities over the past seven years, including Cool Port, PCC Logistics and Custom Goods,” port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said. “With this additional cargo capacity and value-added services, we have been able to consistently attract the reefer export business.”

By Karen Robes Meeks