The Port of Oakland moved the equivalent of 2.42 million 20-foot containers last year, which breaks the previous record of 2.39 million containers in 2014.
The port set two more records in 2017 with 919,523 loaded import containers and 1.85 million combined imports and exports, with import growth the key factor, according to a news release.
Imports through the port were up 4% over 2016, and December imports were up 6.4% over December 2016 totals. The strong U.S. economy and rising consumer demand for retail products contributed to the increase in import volumes, according to the release.
“Our record-setting 2017 has set the stage for the future,” said John Driscoll, the port’s maritime director, in the release. “With new development projects already underway, we expect to increase our capacity and drive greater volume.”
In addition to Cool Port Oakland, a 280,000-square-foot climate-controlled distribution center for meat that should be completed this summer, work could begin this spring on a 440,000-square-foot distribution center at the Seaport Logistics Complex.
The distribution center will be the largest of any West Coast port and its construction next to a newly developed $100 million railyard will make it ideal for tenants requiring transloading, according to the port’s website.