Port of Oakland’s March Cargo Numbers Drop

By Karen Robes Meeks

Overall cargo volumes at the Port of Oakland were down 11 percent last month compared to March 2019, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken international trade, according to new numbers released by the port Monday.

The port – which continues to operate amid a shelter-in-place order by Alameda County because it’s deemed critical infrastructure in the battle against COVID-19 – saw March imports fall 10.3 percent, exports go down 5 percent, and empty containers tumbled 23 percent.

The new numbers reflect the trend happening among West Coast ports – many of which are reporting lower cargo volumes – and international efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has slowed cargo movement. In Oakland, the number of ships calling fell 10.6 percent year over year.

By Sarah Spangler