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Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 19 Sep 2019

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Port of Oakland announced that t refrigerated export volume has grown 20% in last 12 months. The Port said it handled 119,756 20-foot containers of refrigerated exports from August 2018 through July 2019. That was up from 99,740 in the same period a year ago. The figures reinforce Oakland’s position as the largest exporter of refrigerated cargo in containers among US ports. The Port said its fastest-growing refrigerated exports were beef and pork products from the US Midwest. Beef exports have increased 45% in the past year. Pork volume is up 38% in that same period.

The Port attributed its growth in refrigerated cargo to strong consumer demand, increased US farm production and Oakland’s location on the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim. Oakland is the final stop for Asia-bound container ships leaving the US. That makes it the fastest gateway to Asia, the Port’s primary market, for shippers of perishables. The Port of Oakland is considered one of the nation’s top gateways for refrigerated agricultural products. That’s in part due to its location near California’s fertile Central Valley. The Port relies on rail connections to tap Midwest agricultural exporters.

The Port has taken steps this decade to strengthen its foothold in cold chain logistics including:
Developing new distribution capability
Extending operating hours to ease delivery of export containers to the Port for overseas shipment
Installing hundreds of additional electrical outlets to plug in refrigerated containers awaiting vessel loading

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Thu, 19 Sep 2019
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