Oakland: The huge backlog of cargo at the Port of Oakland is showing signs of clearing, according to a statement from the port on Friday.
Like ports all along the US West Coast, Oakland was hit by a series of labour-management disputes over the past three months, culminating in a damaging contract row that was resolved on February 20.
Friday’s statement noted among the positive signs of progress: a declining vessel backup; decongested terminals; improved transaction times; and better terminal productivity.
Port officials said marine terminals have cleared out the import buildup in their container yards. Delays are now mostly limited to containers still stowed on ships awaiting berths.
“This isn’t victory – there’s still a great deal of work to do,” said Oakland maritime director John Driscoll. “But we’re seeing good collaboration between labour, terminal operators and harbor truckers and our customers will soon benefit from faster, smoother cargo flow.”