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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 (2016)

Month Full Empty Grand Total Trend*
Import Trend* Export Trend* Import Trend* Export Trend*
January 77,639 75.8% 67,272 16.8% 16,814 -9.6% 29,430 66.2% 191,155 38.5%
February 70,620 89.7% 73,455 37.0% 13,942 -0.6% 30,122 76.4% 188,139 54.2%
March 56,691 -32.5% 80,487 9.9% 18,406 -2.2% 23,361 -29.9% 178,947 -14.6%
April 72,296 -3.4% 78,613 7.1% 17,663 10.7% 19,730 -46.6% 188,302 -6.4%
May 81,293 3.0% 83,969 5.1% 22,845 25.2% 23,662 -34.7% 211,769 -0.7%
June 76,368 0.8% 73,676 -5.2% 16,839 -5.1% 27,393 -15.4% 194,298 -4.6%
July* 80,508 1.0% 77,573 3.6% 17,017 21.5% 31,504 -14.6% 206,602 0.5%
August 0
September 0
October 0
November 0
December 0
*revised figures
YTD 515,415

8.6% 535,045

9.1%

123,526 5.2%

185,202 -12.0%

1,359,188

5.1%

Container History

Port of Oakland Teu's Activity (1990 - 2015)

Full Empty
Year Grand Total Trend*
Import Export Import Export
1990 253,864 600,595 218,366 51,298 1,124,123 +3.1%
1991 286,696 630,557 228,789 48,676 1,194,718 +6.3%
1992 354,490 656,674 205,737 74,593 1,291,494 +8.1%
1993 365,114 667,879 202,866 69,275 1,305,134 +1.1%
1994 403,845 764,237 249,625 73,295 1,491,002 +14.2%
1995 404,842 809,894 266,506 68,644 1,549,886 +3.9%
1996 360,717 782,913 283,314 71,258 1,498,202 -3.3%
1997 398,157 769,172 288,304 75,555 1,531,188 +2.2%
1998 458,470 747,064 237,176 132,696 1,575,406 +2.9%
1999 469,226 789,873 234,121 170,536 1,663,756 +5.6%
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%

* Denotes change versus same time period from previous year

TRADING PARTNERS

Port of Oakland Top 10 Trading Partners By Tonnage - Imports

CALENDAR YEAR 2015

COUNTRY METRIC TONS % SHARE
China 2,304,625 34.0%
Taiwan 302,321 4.5%
Thailand 297,497 4.4%
Australia 268,966 4.0%
Hong Kong 233,558 3.4%
Italy 225,852 3.3%
India 222,912 3.3%
Vietnam 221,485 3.3%
South Korea 189,989 2.8%
Chile 178,541 2.6%
TOP 10 TOTAL 4,445,746 65.6%
ALL OTHERS 2,331,938 34.4%
TOTAL 6,777,684 100.0%

Port of Oakland Top 10 Trading Partners By Tonnage - Exports

CALENDAR YEAR 2015

COUNTRY METRIC TONS % SHARE
China 2,566,240 32.4%
Japan 849,702 12.5%
South Korea 836,325 12.3%
Hong Kong 591,249 8.7%
Taiwan 568,961 8.4%
Italy 169,146 2.5%
United Kingdom 145,704 2.1%
Thailand 122,507 1.8%
Belguim 108,512 1.6%
Germany 107,132 1.6%
TOP 10 TOTAL 5,692,506 84.0%
ALL OTHERS 1,083,555 16.0%
TOTAL 6,776,061 100.0%

 

COMMODITIES

Top 10 Commodities By Tonnage - Imports (Containerized)

Calendar Year 2015

COMMODITY METRIC TONS % SHARE
Beverages & Spirits 626,523 9.2%
NESOI 528,557 7.8%
Furniture 477,171 7.0%
Glass & Glassware 403,382 6.0%
Plastics 247,902 3.7%
Electrical Machinery 225,906 3.3%
Wood and Articles of Wood 235,636 3.46%
Preparations of Vegetables 222,470 3.3%
Articles of Iron & Steel 222,406 3.3%
Coffee, Tea & Spices 206,990 3.1%
Top 10 Total 3,403,314 50.2%
All Others 3,374,370 49.8%
Grand Total 6,777,684 100.0%

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

Port of Oakland Top

10 Commodities By Tonnage - Exports (Containerized)

Calendar Year 2015

COMMODITY METRIC TONS % SHARE
Wood Pulp 1,453,081 21.4%
Edible Fruits and Nuts 799,296 11.8%
Beverages & Spirits 438,357 6.5%
Meats 369,978 5.5%
Cereals 349,222 5.2%
Oil Seeds and Olaginous Fruits 301,290 4.4%
Iron & Steel 286,943 4.2%
Wood 281,973 4.2%
Miscellaneous 258,661 3.8%
Preparations of Vegetables 252,521 3.7%
Top 10 Total 4,791,321 70.7%
All Others 1,984,740 29.3%
Total 6,776,061 100.0%

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