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Port of Oakland exports soar again – up 10 percent in September

Eighth increase in nine months; first double-digit gain since February

Press Releases, Seaport
October 11th, 2016

Oakland, CA – (Oct. 11, 2016): A year-long export rally is barreling ahead at the Port of Oakland.  The Port said today that September containerized export volume soared 10 percent compared to 2015.  It was the eighth increase in nine months and the first double-digit jump since February.  The trend is significant because Oakland is considered the U.S. West Coast’s leading export gateway to Asia.

“Exports make up more than 50 percent of our overall cargo volume,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.  “So the continued growth in September shows we’re playing pretty well to our strength.”

The Port said that through the first nine months of 2016, export volume has increased 9 percent.  It added that California growers drove much of the improvement, shipping fruit, nuts and wine to Asian consumers.

Overall Oakland cargo volume – full import and export containers – increased 2.7 percent last month, the Port reported.  Import volume was down 4.2 percent.

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Media contacts:
Mike Zampa

Communications Director

Port of Oakland

Tel. 510-627-1565

mzampa@portoakland.com

 

Marilyn Sandifur

Port Spokesperson

Port of Oakland

Tel. 510-627-1193

msandifur@portoakland.com

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