Port of Oakland Records Busiest Year
The Port of Oakland in the US has reported that 2017 was the busiest year in its 90-year history, handling a cargo volume of 2.42 million containers in a sign of the continued strengthening of the US economy.
The port’s previous record of 2.39 million containers was set in 2014.
It broke two other records in 2017: loading 919,523 import containers and reaching US$1.85 million in combined imports and exports.
The achievement follows consistent growth at the port in recent years, with import growth driving last year’s record performance.
It has attributed this to a strong US economy and increasing consumer demand for retail products.
The port reported that imports increased by 4% in 2017 from 2016.
December 2017 imports were up by 6.4%, compared to imports in December 2016.
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Port of Oakland announced it is investing in infrastructure to build upon this positive growth.
Cool Port Oakland – a 280,000 square-foot temperature-controlled distribution centre – is set to open in the summer of 2018.
The port projects that the clearinghouse for agricultural exports will handle about 30,000 containers full of chilled and frozen meat products annually.
Another project; a 440,000-square-foot Seaport Logistics Complex, is likely to commence in spring 2018.
John Driscoll, Maritime Director, Port of Oakland said: “Our record-setting 2017 has set the stage for the future.
“With new development projects already underway, we expect to increase our capacity and drive greater volume.”
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