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Port of Oakland container volume grows 11.4% in H1

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The Port of Oakland's total cargo volume in the first half of 2021 was up 11.4% over 2020 and year-end forecasts do not foresee a decline as US imports boom.

The port authority announced detailed that during the first semester of this year, it has moved 1.3m teu thanks to higher US imports, if the pace of transfer is maintained, the complex could exceed 2.6m teu for the first time. Containerised import volume at Oakland has increased year-over-year for five consecutive months.

"We've never seen this level of activity and based on the outlook we are preparing for," said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes.

"Our challenge is to serve customers who expect us to handle their cargo efficiently," he added.

Port authorities project a new peak could occur between August and November, when retailers and distributors stock up on Christmas merchandise.

Oakland reported that June 2021 imports were up 15% compared to the same period last year. Exports, meanwhile, were up 0.8%.

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