Port of Oakland has reported its largest September containerized import volume after it increased by 12.6% last month to reach 79,135 TEU.
According to Port data, last month’s import surge topped the previous September record of 77,071 containers. That was set back in 2006.
The port said that import volume is up 4.1% year-to-date compared to 2016.
It added that the higher volume reflects increased spending by US consumers on overseas goods.
Ports nationwide typically handle more containerized imports in the August-through-October period due to retailers stocking up for holiday sales.
Most imports arriving in Oakland originate in Chinese or Southeast Asia factories.
The port reported that total September container volume – which measures imports, exports and empty containers – increased 12.7%.
But records show that the number of vessels visiting Oakland decreased 3.6% in that period.
The port said shipping lines are delivering more cargo to Oakland on fewer but larger ships.
Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll said: “This is the peak season for container shipping, when we expect higher import volumes ahead of the year-end holidays.
“We’re pleased to see the pace of activity picking up.”