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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.

 

CONTAINER STATISTICS

Port of Oakland Teu's Activity (2017)

Month Full Empty Grand Total Trend*
Import Trend* Export Trend* Import Trend* Export Trend*
January 80,443 3.61% 73,352 9.04% 17,178 2.16% 26,339 -10.50% 197,312 3.22%
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
YTD 80,443

3.61% 73,352 9.04% 17,178 2.16% 26,339

-10.50%

197,312 3.22%

Container History

Port of Oakland Teu's Activity (2000 - 2016)

Year Full   Empty   Grand Total Trend*
Import Export Import Export
2000 503,858 818,521 244,359 210,184 1,776,922 +6.8%
2001 486,389 758,958 223,894 174,344 1,643,585 -7.5%
2002 547,230 732,537 206,418 221,642 1,707,827 +3.9%
2003 599,411 799,547 206,267 317,879 1,923,104 +12.6%
2004 694,314 813,716 184,863 354,611 2,047,504 +6.5%
2005 836,258 846,579 197,988 393,165 2,273,990 +11.1%
2006 877,778 840,145 192,455 481,367 2,391,745 +5.2%
2007 870,284 909,633 204,943 403,051 2,387,911 -0.2%
2008 796,404 910,700 192,569 333,860 2,233,533 -6.5%
2009 701,501 966,882 209,258 167,570 2,045,211 -8.4%
2010 802,657 955,579 209,878 362,343 2,330,457 13.9%
2011 797,272 993,826 264,471 286,957 2,342,526 0.5%
2012 791,672 986,452 271,068 294,711 2,343,903 0.1%
2013 803,314 1,014,796 270,535 257,919 2,346,564 0.1%
2014 845,810 969,378 254,636 324,245 2,394,069 2.0%
2015 844,234 858,146 196,677 378,464 2,277,521 -4.9%
2016 883,647 948,574 227,816 309,594 2,369,631 4.0%

* Denotes change versus same time period from previous year

TRADING PARTNERS

Port of Oakland Top 10 Trading Partners By Tonnage – Imports (Containerized)

CALENDAR YEAR 2016

COUNTRY METRIC TONS % SHARE
China 2,481,508 36%
Taiwan 323,572 5%
Thailand 280,669 4%
Australia 226,752 3%
Vietnam 226,373 3%
India 217,636 3%
Italy 211,275 3%
South Korea 206,350 3%
Hong Kong 203,621 3%
Chile 199,777 3%
TOP 10 TOTAL 4,577,534 67%
ALL OTHERS 2,305,051 33%
TOTAL 6,882,585 100.0%

Port of Oakland Top 10 Trading Partners By Tonnage – Exports (Containerized)

CALENDAR YEAR 2016

COUNTRY METRIC TONS % SHARE
China 2,693,319 34%
Japan 1,033,657 13%
South Korea 666,303 9%
Taiwan 398,891 5%
Hong Kong 280,095 4%
Vietnam 170,242 2%
United Arab Emirates 154,363 2%
United Kingdom 157,223 2%
Turkey 131,148 2%
India 123,014 2%
TOP 10 TOTAL 5,808,254 75%
ALL OTHERS 1,944,349 25%
TOTAL 7,752,603 100.0%

 

COMMODITIES

Top 10 Commodities By Tonnage - Imports (Containerized)

Calendar Year 2016

COMMODITY METRIC TONS % SHARE
Beverages & Spirits 629,678 9%
Furniture 512,401 7%
Glass & Glassware 355,979 5%
Electrical Machinery 288,160 4%
Plastics 252,946 4%
Wood and Articles of Wood 246,684 4%
Articles of Iron & Steel 234,485 3%
Machinery 229,514 3%
Rubber 218,729 3%
Paper and Paperboard 210,567 3%
Top 10 Total 3,179,143 46%
All Others 3,703,442 54%
Grand Total 6,882,585 100%

Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Census

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10 Commodities By Tonnage - Exports (Containerized)

Calendar Year 2016

COMMODITY METRIC TONS % SHARE
Wood Pulp 1,535,834 20%
Edible Fruits and Nuts 1,076,155 14%
Meats 449,456 6%
Beverages & Spirits 439,476 6%
Cereals 414,188 5%
Oil Seeds and Olaginous Fruits 392,240 5%
Preparations of Vegetables 305,569 4%
Iron & Steel 288,652 3%
Plastic and Article of Plastic 238,652 3%
Aluminum and Article of Aluminum 123,873 2%
Top 10 Total 5,601,369 73%
All Others 2,112,837 27%
Total 7,714,206 100.0%

Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Census