Port of Oakland loaded box volume dipped 7.4 percent in March

Oakland, Calif. – April 13, 2020: Port of Oakland loaded container volume declined 7.4 percent in March from 2019 totals, according to data released today.  The Port said the cargo decrease resulted from a coronavirus pandemic that has weakened global trade.

According to the Port, March containerized import volume dropped 10.3 percent from March 2019.  Export loads were off 5 percent. The return of empty containers to origins in Asia decreased 23 percent.  Total volume – which combines all three measures – declined 11 percent.

The worldwide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 has slowed containerized freight transport, the Port said.  As evidence, the Port pointed to the following:

  • Ports up and down the U.S. West Coast reported reduced cargo volume in March.
  • The number of ships calling in Oakland last month declined 10.6 percent from March 2019.

The Port said it’s fully operational despite a shelter-in-place order mandated by Alameda County.  The Port and supply chain partners have been declared critical infrastructure in the coronavirus fight.

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Mike Zampa
Port of Oakland
Communications Director
(510) 627-1565
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Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
Port Spokesperson
(510) 627-1193
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