Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oakland Port Box Volumes Down 2.3 Percent In June

The Port of Oakland followed the trend of four of the five major West Coast ports in June, with total cargo numbers and total imports down for the month, with total exports up – all compared to June of last year.

Oakland joined Los Angeles, Seattle and Tacoma in following the same trend for June. Only the Port of Long Beach bucked the trend in June, reporting total volume, imports and exports all up for the month.

Oakland port officials reported handling a total of 200,703 TEUs in June, a 2.3 percent decrease over the same month last year. However, like many of the other major West Coast port, total volumes in June at Oakland were the strongest monthly totals of the year. Total volumes at Oakland were up 3.4 percent when compared to May.

On the import side, Oakland port officials reported handling a total of 69,779 loaded inbound TEUs in June, a 1.6 percent increase over May, but a 5.2 percent drop when compared to June of last year.

Exports slipped in month-over-month comparisons, but fared better in the year-over-year comparisons. The port handled a total of 82,480 loaded outbound TEUs in June, an 0.6 percent drop over May, but a solid 9.9 percent increase when compared to June, 2010.

For the first six months of the year, Oakland handled a total of 1.14 million TEUs, a 5.2 percent increase over the January to June period in 2010.