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Port of Oakland import volume rebounds, up 8% in 2021

[ December 20, 2021   //   ]

Import cargo volume is growing again at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that containerized imports jumped 6.5 percent in November, compared to November 2020 totals. For the first 11 months of 2021, Oakland imports are up nearly 8 percent.
Increased cargo activity is welcome news in Oakland following two straight months of declining imports. The Port attributed the recovery to additional vessel traffic. It said that 75 ships called in Oakland during November, the most in six months.
‘We’re gratified that shipping lines and cargo owners recognize the value of coming to the Port of Oakland,” said Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “We’re working hard to move their cargo efficiently as ports elsewhere face headwinds.”
According to the Port, shipping lines are restoring vessel service to Oakland following mid-year cancellations. The Port said some cargo owners even chartered their own ships in November to reach Oakland. According to the Port, carriers view Oakland as an uncongested alternative to gridlocked Southern California gateways. Ships bypassed Oakland earlier in the year due to excessive delays in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Port said increased vessel traffic should benefit exporters frustrated by a lack of vessel space. Oakland exports declined 9.4 percent last month because there weren’t enough ships headed to foreign markets, the Port said. Oakland is one of the major gateways for U.S. exports transported to Asia.
The Port said its total volume – including imports, exports and empty container repositioning, is up 1 percent this year. If activity levels hold, 2021 could be the busiest year in Oakland’s history, the Port said.