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Port of Oakland import volume reaches two-year high ahead of busy shipping season

From the Mercury News:

Import volume at the Port of Oakland has reached a two-year high, which officials say is a good sign as the port heads into the busy summer-fall shipping season.

The port handled the equivalent of 82,440 20-foot import containers, up 1.4 percent from May 2016, the highest volume since August 2015, when it handled the equivalent of 82,492 20-foot import boxes, according to information released by the port on Thursday.

Oakland’s position near California’s growing regions like the Napa Valley and Central Valley, and as a departure point for Asian-bound ships, has long helped boost its export business, but import volume has also been on the rise for a while. Imports account for 48 percent of containers shipped through Oakland.

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