Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Port of Oakland Traffic Volumes Down in August

The Port of Oakland continued its yearlong rollercoaster of up and down monthly container volumes with another down month in August. The total volume of containers moved last month was about four percent lower than in August 2011.

California’s third-busiest port saw a total of almost 207,000 TEUs last month, a decrease of 4.3 percent from the number Oakland moved during the same month in 2011. It was the fifth month out of eight so far during this calendar year that volumes were down compared with the same month last year.
Oakland saw nearly across-the-board declines in all categories in August, including full exports, full imports and empty exports.

Port terminals moved just more than 70,300 full, imported TEUs during the month, a decline of 7.4 percent compared with August 2011. It imported 81,400 full TEUs, which was a nearly four percent drop from the same month last year.

And although the 22,152 empty TEUs imported represented a 4.8 percent decline from August’s 2011 numbers, Oakland did see an improvement in one category: the number of empty TEUs exported.
Just more than 33,000 empty containers were shipped out from Oakland last month, representing a 2.3 percent increase over August 2011 and continuing a trend of monthly increases in the category dating back to April.

For the calendar year-to-date, Oakland has moved a grand total of 1.55 million TEUs, an increase of 0.2 percent from the same eight-month period in 2011.