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US port of Oakland posts truck turn times on digital portal

US west coast port of Oakland has started posting truck turn times on its online portal to inform lorry drivers about how long it takes to pick up or drop off cargo at the thriving trade gateway

15 February 2019 - 19:00

US west coast port of Oakland has started posting truck turn times on its online portal to inform lorry drivers about how long it takes to pick up or drop off cargo at the thriving trade gateway.

'This is a big step forward on our digital platform,' maritime director John Driscoll was quoted as saying in a report by American Shipper. 'It helps take the guesswork out of scheduling for truckers, dispatchers and the owners of cargo that moves through Oakland.'



The system tracks how long it takes drivers to perform day-to-day operations at the port's container terminals, including delivering exports and collecting imports or empty containers.



The Oakland Portal provides average turn times for the most recent 30-minute period. The portal calculates turn times for each of the port's four terminals, however, the turn times don't include trucker waiting periods outside terminal gates.



The port said monitoring truck turn times would improve cargo flow by signalling to truck drivers or dispatchers if terminals are backed up, providing cargo owners a better sense of when to expect deliveries, and highlight potential bottlenecks at marine terminals.


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