Friday, February 22, 2013

Port of Oakland Monthly Container Volumes Down Slightly

The Port of Oakland began 2013 with monthly container volumes that were slightly off from the year before. According to recently released data, Oakland terminals moved a grand total of 192,478 TEUs in January, a 1.7 percent decline from the same month in 2012.

The biggest decline in an individual category was full imports. Oakland handled 66,176 TEUs, a drop of 6.4 percent from January 2012. Conversely, the number of full exports actually rose by 2.4 percent, to 83,843 units.

But that gain wasn’t enough to counter the losses in both empty imports and exports.

For the month, Oakland terminals imported 23,065 empty TEUS, a month-over-month drop of 1.4 percent. About 19,400 TEUs were exported, a decline of 1.6 percent.

The flat volumes continued the trend that Oakland experienced throughout 2012. Oakland saw its volumes seesaw throughout the year, with seven out of 12 months experiencing negative growth compared with the same month the year before.

California’s third-busiest port saw a grand total of 2.34 million TEUs during the calendar year, a net increase of just 0.1 percent over 2011’s total volume.