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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Port of Oakland poised to benefit from trade pact with China on rice

From Customs Today:

The Port of Oakland believes a new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas.

American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 after approval of a trade agreement last month. Port officials have said it is […]

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Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June

From Dow Jones Newswires:

U.S. importers are on pace to bring more goods through the country’s seaports this summer than last, building up inventories from shoes to steel in a sign of growing hopes that the economy will pick up steam this fall.

Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June, with gateways on the […]

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Oakland vies to become global supply chain hub

From Supply Chain Management Review:

More news surfaced recently confirming that the Port of Oakland is consolidating its position as a leading ocean cargo gateway in the U.S.

Maritime Director John Driscoll said last week that the port envisions more than $600 million worth of infrastructure investment. It’s coming from private developers, government grants and […]

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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, […]

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Port of Oakland begins project to raise height of four cranes

Photo courtesy of the Port of Oakland

Work has begun at the Port of Oakland to heighten four massive ship-to-shore cranes. The Port said Monday that the 366-foot giants will be raised 27-feet in a 9-month project. The Port said taller cranes will be better able to reach containers stacked high above decks on […]

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Port of Oakland truckers on alert after TSA warning

From NBC Bay Area:

After the federal Transportation Security Administration came out with a warning Tuesday about terrorists using trucks as weapons, truck drivers at the Port of Oakland said they’re on alert.

It’s happening all over the world, and the Department of Homeland Security is asking truckers across the U.S. to be vigilant. Many […]

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Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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Port of Oakland says ‘bring it on’

From Logistics Management:

A Port of Oakland executive is eager for changes in the way container shipping lines operate. Maritime Director John Driscoll said in an interview that newly formed ocean carrier alliances will benefit his port.

“We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he recently told employees. “We’ll […]

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Port of Oakland set for alliance changes: ‘we’re confident’

Port of Oakland officials said this week that they expect to take on upcoming changes to container shipping alliances with little disruption. The news should be welcomed by importers and exporters fearful of fallout as ocean carriers switch partners next month.

“We’ve spoken to the shipping lines, we’ve spoken to our marine terminal operators and […]

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Bad weather, Lunar New Year lull temper recent gains at Port of Oakland

Containerized export volume at the Port of Oakland declined 1.2 percent last month from February 2016 totals. The Port said it was only the second export decrease in the past 14 months.

Overall loaded container volume – imports and exports – declined 5.1 percent last month, according to figures released today. Import volume was off […]

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Night gates at ports called a 'win-win' on congestion relief

California’s trucking industry has honored a Port of Oakland marine terminal for easing the state’s containerized cargo crunch. Oakland International Container Terminal received the first-ever Terminal Recognition Award last week for opening its gates at night.

The California and Harbor trucking associations presented the honor at a conference in Long Beach. The organizations also recognized […]

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Port of Oakland cranes going higher at largest marine terminal

From a Port news release:

Up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher at the Port of Oakland. The Port said that the $14 million-to-$21 million project will begin this spring at its largest marine terminal, the Oakland International Container Terminal. The objective: make it easier to load and unload megaships with […]

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Port of Oakland exports continue to soar in 2017

From a Port of Oakland news release:

New year, same old story at the Port of Oakland: exports are on the rise again. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 9 percent last month compared to January 2016. It was the seventh straight month of rising exports in Oakland, and the 12th increase […]

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Buoyed by Tesla, Port of Oakland wants to be ships’ first stop

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Port of Oakland officials are pressing shipping lines traveling from places like China and Japan to make the East Bay their first port of call. In doing so, the port is challenging its larger and more powerful counterpart in Southern California for a piece of the sizable import market.

The […]

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Port of Oakland trade transformed by California growers

the American Journal of Transportation

Excerpts from the American Journal of Transportation:

Agricultural export tonnage has grown a stunning 233 percent at the Port of Oakland in the last five years. The result has transformed the Port’s trade profile, making Oakland a leading gateway to Asia – especially for California growers.

California Trucking Association Business […]

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