Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Imports Drive Port of Oakland to Positive June

Import cargo volumes moving through the Port of Oakland continued to grow during the month of June, leading to a double-digit increase in total cargo volumes despite a noticeable drop in export container volumes.

Oakland, California's third busiest container port, handled a total of 205,480 TEUs during June, a 21 percent increase over the same period last year. Total loaded inbound containers moving through the port jumped 30.8 percent over the June 2009 period to end the month at 73,585 TEUs. However, total loaded outbound container volume at the port dropped to 75,073 TEUs in June, an 11.5 percent drop compared to the year-ago period.

In other Oakland news, the port's seven-member governing board has announced new officer positions.

The board elected Commissioner James Head to serve as president of the board. Commissioner Pamela Calloway was elected to serve as first vice president and Commissioner Gilda Gonzales was elected second vice president. The Port Board will pass a resolution officially ratifying the election at the next board meeting July 20, 2010.