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Oakland reports container volume decline in 2023

Port of Oakland saw its container volumes decrease by 11.6% to 2,065,709 TEUs with full containers declining by 10.1% to 1,574,444 TEUs in 2023.

“2023 finished strong,” pointed out Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes, adding, “Carrier on-time performance has improved importer confidence and provided valuable vessel space for our agriculture exporters to move their products from Oakland.”

The Californian port’s full import and export container volumes rose in December 2023, showing signs that cargo volume at Oakland is returning. Full imports rose 16.4% to 76,347 TEUs and full exports climbed 12.9% to 65,801 TEUs.

“We anticipate a continued rebound in 2024 as we move on with our plans in modernizing the port and reducing emissions from our maritime operations,” said Brandes.

According to the port’s statement, US West Coast ports are seeing an increase in container activity due to shippers rerouting cargo originally destined to go through the Panama Canal, as the drought in Panama is limiting vessel traffic to US Gulf and East Coast ports through the canal.

Source: Container News


Oakland sees declined box traffic in November

The Port of Oakland reported a 6.8% drop in its container volumes in November, handling 132,648 TEUs.

Full imports rose 3.8% year-on-year, with 71,258 TEUs passing through Oakland port facilities this November. On the other hand, full exports declined by 3% to 61,390 TEUs. At the same time, empty imports experienced a drop of 0.6%, with 14,118 TEUs, while empty exports experienced a significant 49% decrease, with 19,613 TEUs moving through the US port.

“We saw some canceled sailings in November as evidenced by the dip in vessel calls last month,” stated Port of Oakland maritime director, Bryan Brandes. “This caused our volumes to drop.”

This year the Californian port did not see the usual spike in import cargo volumes during late summer and the fall.

“Consumers continue to spend, and our local economy is growing, so the lack of an upswing in cargo volume is likely because retailers are working through excess inventory,” commented Brandes.

He added, “Meanwhile, we’ve been investing and implementing projects that will improve the efficiency of our maritime operations. This puts us in an excellent position to handle more cargo.”

Source: Container News


Oakland confirms another first-call service

The Port of Oakland has announced it will land the fourth first-call service in 2021, as the Swiss shipping line MSC will use the Californian port as the initial US stop for its transpacific Sentosa service, a weekly service that links Oakland with ports in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The establishment of the new service will play a significant role in congestion relief, according to a statement. Through the Sentosa service, cargo owners could avoid sending cargo through Southern California ports and importers can bypass the region’s traffic, given the fact that over 60 ships a day awaiting outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Maritime Director at the Port of Oakland, Bryan Brandes expressed his enthusiasm for the launch of the new service, saying “We’re excited to welcome MSC’s service because Southeast Asia is an important, growing market.”

According to the US port, the new product is the fourth first-call service introduced at Oakland this year. MSC’s new Sentosa service follows first-calls introduced in Oakland this year by CMA CGM, Matson and Wan Hai Lines.

First-calls are where ships make their initial US stop after sailing from Asia, explained the Port of Oakland in its announcement.

Imports make up 55% of Oakland’s loaded container volume in 2021, as carriers have introduced new services to meet soaring consumer demand in the US for overseas products. Traditionally, the Californian port reports a 50-50 split between imports and exports.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM applies congestion surcharge in Oakland

French container carrier, CMA CGM has announced a port congestion surcharge of US$250 per TEU for all types of cargo from Latin America to the Port of Oakland in the United States.