OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) — Longshoremen at the Port of Oakland last month moved a record amount of imports for a single month, port officials said Thursday.
The port handled the equivalent of 100,096 20-foot containers in April, up 25% from a year ago, and the largest monthly amount of imports in the port’s 94-year history.READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Saturday Evening Shooting at Oakland's Lake Merritt
For the first time, more than the equivalent of 100,000 20-foot containers were moved in a single month, according to port officials.
Longshoremen handled a record amount of import and exports combined in the first quarter of 2021, outpacing the previous first-quarter record set in 2019.
“We’re sounding like a broken record, but containerized trade continues to flourish as the U.S. economy rebounds,” Port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes said in a statement. “And as we’ve said before, there doesn’t seem to be a letup in sight.”READ MORE: UPDATE: PG&E Restores Power To More Than 50,000 East Bay Customers
Rebounding consumer demand has prompted U.S. retailers and e-commerce businesses to buy Asian goods at unprecedented levels, according to port officials.
Export volume in April dropped slightly from a year ago, possibly related to the record imports.
Exports slipped 3.7% due possibly to the need by Asian manufacturers for empty containers to send goods to the U.S.
Total trade volume, which includes exports, imports, and empty containers, increased 8 percent in April compared with a year ago the same month.MORE NEWS: Fire at San Francisco Tenderloin Apartments Injures 15; Dozens Saved by Occupants' Heroism
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