Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Port of Oakland Volumes Flat

Container volumes at California’s third-largest port were flat in August 2013, continuing a year-long trend at the Port of Oakland.

Oakland terminals imported over 73,000 full TEUs and about 21,900 empty TEUs last month, representing an increase of 4.3 percent and decline of 1.2 percent, respectively, compared with the same month last year.

Overall, the port saw a 1.1 percent rise in total volumes over August 2012. That volume falls in line in what’s been a see-saw of a year so far when it comes to volumes. Although full imports were up last month, the number of empty containers imported was down 1.2 percent and the volume of empty exported TEUs was down 10 percent compared to the same month in 2012.

Five of the eight months of calendar year 2013 have seen small declines in monthly volumes at Oakland, while most of the other months saw minor year-over-year increases. The only month with a substantial year-over-year increase was February, which recorded a 12.5 percent jump.

For the calendar year to date, Oakland has seen a total of 1.56 million TEUs, a slight increase – 0.5 percent – from the same eight month period in 2012.

Monthly container statistics for the Port of Oakland can be seen at http://www.portofoakland.com/maritime/containerstats.aspx.