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Port of Oakland cargo volume off; blame vessel bypass

[ December 2, 2021   //   ]

Port of Oakland total cargo volume declined 20% last month, according to statistics released on November 29. The Port said containerized import volume dropped 14% compared to October 2020 totals. Exports were down 27%.
The Port attributed its cargo volume dip to declining vessel traffic. Forty-three% fewer ships stopped in Oakland in October than they did in October 2020, the Port said. It said some carriers diverted ships directly to Asia, bypassing Oakland, following crippling delays at Southern California ports.
The Port said it’s not experiencing the supply congestion that has hampered other U.S. seaports.
The Port said shipping lines have begun restoring Oakland vessel services suspended earlier in the year. According to Port data, 61 ships called in Oakland last month, compared to 54 in September. An even larger number of vessel arrivals is expected for November.
The Port said additional service calls would be particularly welcomed by exporters. Producers who ship goods out of Oakland have been stymied by scarce vessel space, the Port explained.
Through the first 10 months of 2021, Oakland total cargo volume is up nearly 2%, the Port said. Import volume has increased 8%.