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Port of Oakland breaks 2006 September box volume record

THE Port of Oakland has reported its biggest ever September container import volume after it increased 12.6 per cent to 79,135 TEU, topping the previous September record of 77,071 TEU set in 2006.

The port said that import volume was up 4.1 per cent 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 containerised imports in the August-through-October period due to retailers stocking up for Christmas. Most imports arriving in Oakland originate in Chinese or Southeast Asian factories.

The number of vessels visiting Oakland decreased 3.6 per cent. While the shipping lines deliver more they do so with fewer but bigger ships.

Said Port of Oakland maritime director John Driscoll: "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 is picking up."
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