Port of Oakland cargo volume up 2.9 percent from a year ago

Oakland, Calif. – May 14, 2018: The Port of Oakland’s total cargo volume is up 2.9 percent over the same period a year ago. The Port today reported that terminals handled 791,371 TEUs between January to April 2018. A TEU is the equivalent of one container that is 20 feet long. During the same period in 2017, the volume was 768,789 TEUs. Total volume includes loaded and empty containers.

April 2018 was the best April ever for imports in its 91-year history. The volume for loaded imports was 75,369 TEUs. The previous record was in April 2006 at 75,243 loaded imports.

“These container statistics show that we are off to a solid start in 2018,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “We’re on track for steady growth in our cargo volumes for the rest of the year.”

When comparing loaded import and export container volumes for the first four months of 2018, the data shows a 1.2 and 0.5 percent growth respectively. Growth in exports was hampered by the negative effects of China’s stringent rules on recycled materials. However, the Port’s meat, fruits and vegetable exports helped offset the loss in recycled commodities.

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The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

Media Contacts

Robert Bernardo
Communications Manager
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1401
[email protected]

Marilyn Sandifur
Port Spokesperson
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1193
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