Forty-three percent fewer ships called last month due to delays elsewhere

Port of Oakland total cargo volume declined 20 percent last month, according to statistics released today. The Port said containerized import volume dropped 14 percent compared to October 2020 totals. Exports were down 27 percent.

The Port attributed its cargo volume dip to declining vessel traffic. Forty-three percent fewer ships stopped in Oakland last month than they did in October 2020, the Port said. It said some carriers diverted ships directly to Asia, bypassing Oakland, following crippling delays at Southern California ports.

The Port said it’s not experiencing the supply congestion that has hampered other U.S. seaports.

The Port said shipping lines have begun restoring Oakland vessel services suspended earlier in the year. According to Port data, 61 ships called in Oakland last month, compared to 54 in September. An even larger number of vessel arrivals is expected for November.

The Port said additional service calls would be particularly welcomed by exporters. Producers who ship goods out of Oakland have been stymied by scarce vessel space, the Port explained.

Through the first 10 months of 2021, Oakland total cargo volume is up nearly 2 percent, the Port said. Import volume has increased 8 percent.