Improving International Shipping Through Oakland
Shipping through the port of Oakland continues to improve. Following the West Coast port strikes, March saw growth in both import and export volumes. The port also proposed a four-step plan to further prevent international shipping delays.
Shippers imported over 84,000 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units) in March, a 39 percent year-on-year increase. With the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles backlogged, many chose to import through the port of Oakland. The strong US dollar also helped to encourage more people to import goods to the US.
In March, Oakland exported over 72,000 TEUs, down by 16 percent. But it was an improvement over a 34 percent drop in February. The US dollar contributed to slowing the growth of exports.
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The port of Oakland is taking further steps to speed up shipping by:
- Adding an extra day of work on Saturday
- Allowing off-site storage for after-hours cargo
- Providing extra chassis to truckers
- Digitally Monitoring and notifying drivers of gate wait times
International car shipping through Oakland will continue to improve through 2015. Get an instant quote using the car shipping calculator.
Sources: Port of Oakland