Oakland port has best September ever for import volume with a spike of 11pc
THE Port of Oakland handled a total of 93,916 TEU of imports last month, surpassing the 2019 record by 10
THE Port of Oakland handled a total of 93,916 TEU of imports last month, surpassing the 2019 record by 10.6 per cent at 84,901 TEU, marking the facility's best September ever for import cargo volume.
Exports were also up 5 per cent compared to September 2019. Total TEU for September were 225,809 up 9.3 per cent compared to September 2019 when 206,539 TEU were lifted at the port.
The Port attributed the boost in imports to US retailers stocking up in preparation for the traditional holiday shopping season. Consumer products combined with pandemic-related items such as personal protective supplies helped make September a record-breaking month, reports AJOT.
'Several months into this pandemic, we are now seeing positive signs by these cargo volume totals,' said Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes. 'As retailers make sure shelves are well-stocked, we're waiting to see if consumers begin shopping early this holiday season.'
The Port said it's seeing retailers hedging against another possible Covid wave this winter. Retailers appear to be building up their stocks as they continue to see the spread of more factory closures and lockdowns.
Compared to last year, this year's first nine months show full imports up 0.4 per cent and full exports down 0.2 per cent.