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Port of Oakland Container Terminal

The Port of Oakland was established in 1927, and is a world-class international cargo transportation and distribution hub. Located on the mainland shore of San Francisco Bay, one of the great natural harbors of the world, Oakland was among the first ports globally to specialize in the intermodal container operations which have revolutionized international trade and stimulate the global economy.

Five container terminals and two intermodal rail facilities serve the Oakland waterfront. All shipping channels and 90% of berths at the Port are dredged to -50 feet, capable of accommodating vessels up to 13,000 TEU capacity. The Union Pacific and BNSF railroad facilities are located adjacent to the heart of the marine terminal area to provide a reliable and efficient movement of cargo between the marine terminals or transload facilities and the intermodal rail facilities. For more information on the marine terminals, rail and other support service providers, go to the Terminal Specifications and our Service Directory.

The Port of Oakland loads and discharges more than 99 percent of the containerized goods moving through Northern California, the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area. Oakland's cargo volume makes it the fifth busiest container port in the United States, and ranks San Francisco Bay among the three principal Pacific Coast gateways for U.S. containerized cargoes, along with San Pedro Bay in southern California and Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. About 75.82 percent of Oakland's trade is with Asia. Europe accounts for 13.52 percent, Australia/New Zealand and Oceania about 5.25 percent and other foreign economies about 5.38 percent. About 0.2 percent of Oakland's trade is domestic (Hawaii and Guam) and military cargo. California's three major container ports carry approximately 50 percent on the nation's total container cargo volume.