Cargo Volume Declined in January
February 17, 2015
Port of Oakland Cargo Volume Declined in January
West Coast waterfront labor dispute affects imports, exports
Oakland, Calif. - Feb. 17, 2015 - Port of Oakland cargo volume declined dramatically in January, the result of an ongoing West Coast waterfront labor dispute. The Port reported today that containerized imports were down 39% from January 2014. Exports declined 26%. Total volume was off 32%.
The Port attributed the decline to slowdowns arising from a dispute between dockworkers and employers over a new contract. Port operations at 29 West Coast ports have been affected by the impasse, now entering its ninth month.
“With a decline in productivity and a breakdown in vessel schedules at all U.S. West Coast ports, cargo volumes are far from normal,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.
The Port said importers have begun diverting containerized cargo to gateways outside the U.S. West Coast. These include ports in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. East Coast. It added that exporters have been challenged in shipping cargo to overseas markets because of vessel delays and diversions.
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