Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oakland Port Up in April as Monthly Gains Slow

California's number three port started the second quarter of the calendar year with a minor increase in total container volumes in April, the fourth straight month of shrinking monthly increases.

The Port of Oakland reported handling a total of 191,490 TEUs in April, an increase of 2.8 percent over April 2010. In January, the port posted a 15.8 percent increase, a 12.9 percent increase in February and a 5.9 percent increase in March – all compared to the same months last year.

In the import column of the ledger, Oakland officials report handling 65,722 loaded inbound TEUs in April, a 4.8 percent increase over the year-ago period. In the export column, the port handled 84,705 loaded outbound TEUs, a 5.1 percent increase over April 2010.

For the calendar year, the port remains up 8.9 percent over the first four months of 2010, with imports up 4.7 percent and exports up 7.2 percent.