Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Oakland’s Busiest August

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland posted its busiest August in history last month when it moved 85,166 TEUs, according to latest port numbers. Imports also rose 9.2 percent over the same period last year, which the port attributes to strong consumer spending in the US.

Officials said the numbers bode well for the port as it prepares for the kick off of peak shipping season, the period between August and October when retailers replenish their shelves in anticipation of the holidays.

“We’re encouraged by the solid start to peak season, but there’s still uncertainty in the trade environment,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Let’s see what the next few months bring.”

According to the port, the total cargo volume for 2018 is up 3.3 percent compared to last year. If the trend continues, this could lead to a third straight year of all-time cargo volume record.