The Port of Oakland has announced that the policy of operating night gates at its International Container terminal, originally a temporary measure to clear backlogs of cargo, will be adopted permanently.
The decision comes after the experiment proved so successful at relieving pressure on daytime operations.
Congestion has been reduced and turnaround times have been significantly cut.
So effective has it become that cargo owners, by a three-to-one majority, prefer the night option.
Oakland International Container terminal (OITC), the largest terminal at the Northern California port, began the night gates policy on June 27, enabling trucks to haul cargo between 6pm and 3am from Monday to Thursday.
For the permanent operation the night gates fee will continue to be $30 per container, whether handled at night or in daytime.