Friday, May 21, 2021

Port of Oakland Sets April Cargo Record

In April, the Port of Oakland moved the most imports in a single month in its 94-year history, according to newly released numbers.

The Northern California seaport handled about 100,096 TEUs, reaching the 100,000-TEU mark in a month for the first time.

The port saw a 25% gain in imports from April 2020, marking the third straight month of increases.

“We’re sounding like a broken record, but containerized trade continues to flourish as the U.S. economy rebounds,” said port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “And as we’ve said before, there doesn’t seem to be a letup in sight.”

The port is attributing the gains to increased and ongoing consumer spending and much of that trade activity is coming from Asia, Oakland’s top trade partner.

Meanwhile, export numbers are down 3.7% from April 2020. Overall cargo is up 8% from the same time last year.