Friday, October 26, 2018

Oakland TraPac Adds Night Operations

By Karen Robes Meeks

In an effort to alleviate daytime congestion and speed up cargo delivery, the Port of Oakland’s second biggest terminal, TraPac, is adding a full-service night gates option. Harbor truck drivers can now pick up and drop off between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

This will replace the twice weekly night gates that only offered freight movers limited transactions.

“We are getting ahead of the demand,” said TraPac Operations Vice President Brian Bauer. “Drivers, cargo owners and carriers associated with TraPac will see improved performance and know we are ready for growth.”

Under the new program, drivers will be able to pick up or drop off import, export and empty containers. Through Oct. 26, appointments to pick up imports will be required. Beginning Oct. 29, appointment will be needed for imports, exports and the return of empty containers. Empty containers can be picked up at any time.

Starting Oct. 29, a $30 fee will be charged on all loaded containers during day and night shifts to offset the cost of expanding hours. Loaded containers departing TraPac by rail will not have to pay the extra fee.