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Port of Oakland reports busiest April in its 92-year history


The Port of Oakland said containerised import volume last month surged 7 per cent compared to the same month last year, the busiest April in its 92-year history.
The port said that even "on the eve of threatened tariff increases," its import business is still growing. "We entered this year with uncertainty over the trade outlook, so we're gratified by the solid performance of import cargo," said Port of Oakland Maritime director John Driscoll. "At the same time, all of us involved in global trade are concerned about what comes next."
The port said that Oakland import volume increased 5.8 per cent through the first four months of 2019. It attributed the gains primarily to continued strong US consumer demand. Oakland's total cargo volume - imports, exports and empty containers - was up 4.6 per cent so far this year.
The number of ships calling at Oakland in 2019 has declined 8.1 per cent, the port said, pointing out that shipping lines are consolidating more cargo on fewer but larger ships to cut costs, reports American Shipper.

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