Friday, February 17, 2012

Port of Oakland Traffic Volume Rises

California’s third-busiest seaport, the Port of Oakland saw a sharp rise in total traffic volume last month compared with the same period in 2011, according to newly released data.

The number of full incoming and outgoing 20-foot equivalent units was up during the month, as was the number of empty imported containers.

The largest increase was in the number of full imports, which rose 12.8 percent last month compared with the same month in 2011, to 70,719 containers. Also seeing a double-digit percentage increase was the number of empty containers. The 23,386 TEUs that the port moved last month was a 12.3 percent leap over the same period last year.

The number of full exports rose to 81,899 during the month, a jump of about seven percent over January 2011.

The lone drop was in the number of empty containers exported: the port saw a decrease of about 10 percent compared with the same month last year, to 19,700 TEUS.

Despite that, however, Oakland’s overall container volume still managed to grow 7.5 percent in January 2012, to a grand total of 195,704.

The numbers are a good start to the year for Oakland, which saw an overall increase of just 0.5 percent in container traffic during calendar year 2011.