Uptick comes as peak shipping season nears on U.S. West Coast
Last month was a record-setter at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today that it handled the equivalent of 80,253 full 20-foot import containers in June. That broke the previous all-time record for the month of 78,326 containers set in June 2006.
The Port said last month’s import volume increased 5.1 percent over the same period a year ago. The increase could be a good sign as West Coast ports including Oakland prepare for peak shipping season.
“As we near autumn, retailers begin stocking up for the holidays,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Healthy volumes now might be a preview of what we can expect for peak season.”
According to Port data, total cargo volume moving through Oakland increased 5.1 percent last month compared to June 2016. Total volume includes imports, exports and empty containers. Export volume rose 2.4 percent.
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