The Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif., reported Aug. 6 cargo is moving the annual August-November cargo rush effectively.
“The Port is operating efficiently, ships are getting in and out on time and cargo is moving without delay,” John Driscoll, maritime director, said in a news release. “We don’t see that changing in the coming months.”
Oakland marine terminals are reporting uninterrupted operations and cargo is expected to steadily continue through the peak season, according to the release.
West Coast peak season import growth is expected to rise 1-3%, according to the release. It is unknown how the new tariffs proposed by the Trump Administration will change import growth.
Oakland operational updates:
- Vessel operations – Ships are arriving on time and completing cargo operations within 24 hours.
- Import deliveries – Import containers are delivered to cargo owners within 1 to 3 days of vessel discharge.
- Turn times – Average transaction times for truck drivers at Oakland’s three international marine terminals is down to 59 to 75 minutes.
- Street queues – Night gates and appointment systems have helped shrink the queues. Lines form in the morning, during the lunch hour and on Mondays and Tuesdays after weekend vessel arrivals.
- Chassis to haul containers – Chassis are usually available with providers relocating units among terminals.
- Containers – Oakland’s 50-50 import/export balance eases container shortage. Empty containers are back to Asia, but Oakland reports no supply shortages.
- Night gates – Marine terminal operators urge drivers to haul more cargo at night to eliminate daytime crowding. Only 25-30% of truck transactions happen at night Monday through Thursday.