Friday, August 17, 2012

Port of Oakland Container Traffic Up Slightly

Container traffic saw a slight bump at the Port of Oakland last month, as overall volume rose 2.2 percent compared with the same month last year.

A grand total of 201,993 TEUs moved through Oakland in July 2012, the second-highest number of the calendar year so far, behind the 203,446 TEUs that were shipped through the port in May.

Although the number of full containers imported and exported was relatively flat, the port saw a sizable month-over-month increase in the number of empty containers exported. The 34,211 empty TEUs that were shipped out represented a nearly 12 percent increase from the number shipped in July 2011.

The number of empties imported however, 18,357, was a 1.7 percent decrease from the same month last year.

Oakland’s monthly full import and export volumes were on the plus side, but just barely. The 70,586 full TEUs imported was just a 1.5 percent bump from July 2011, and the 78,359 filled containers exported represented a month-over-month rise of just 0.1 percent.

With July’s numbers added in, the Port of Oakland has moved a grand total of 1.35 million TEUs so far in the calendar year, an increase of 0.9 percent compared with the same seven months last year.