Total US reefer trade in the first quarter rose 1.5 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2020. From April 2020 through March 2021, the Port of Oakland handled 10.3 per cent of total US reefer imports and exports, up 7.1 per cent in the previous 12 months and 6.3 per cent in April 2018 through March 2019.
The numbers make the port second to the Port of New York and New Jersey, which accounted for 10.5 per cent of US reefer trade, down from 11.5 per cent in the prior year.
The third-busiest gateway, the Port of Los Angeles, saw its share rise 8.3 per cent from 7.3 per cent during the same period.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma's share dropped 7.5 per cent from eight per cent, and the Philadelphia and South Jersey gateway's share remained steady at 7.1 per cent.
Southern California's Port Hueneme posted the largest gain in reefer import volume, handling 87,579 TEU from April 2020 to March 2021, a 27.9 per cent increase from the previous year. The numbers increased the port's share of total US reefer trade to 4.6 per cent, up 3.7 per cent in the prior 12 months.
PortMiami also grew its reefer import share from 3.7 per cent to 4.2 per cent for the 12 months ending on March 31, primarily because of a 16.4 per cent year-over-year jump in volume.