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Roundtable US leaders learn how a global gateway stays strong
Oakland, California – September 1, 2021: Top traffic officials learned what it takes to maintain the Port of Oakland’s international trading status – collaboration and transparency. This is what the port’s executives discussed with Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel and the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, David S. Kim. The couple met with nearly two dozen ship owners for a round table on Monday on Oakland’s future as a global trading portal.
The port said collaboration between the public and private sectors is key to strengthening Oakland’s place in the global supply chain and strengthening the state and federal economies. It asked for assistance from maritime executives to streamline seaport operations and work together to make the supply chain transparent to customers and operators.
“Together we can build on freight capacity growth trends that are putting Oakland in the spotlight,” said Danny Wan, executive director of Port of Oakland. “The opportunity is here, if we can agree to take it.”
The port said Oakland is breaking records in container handling amid an unprecedented surge in US imports. The volume boom could be permanent, the port added, due to factors such as:
- Oakland’s improved ability to handle the world’s largest container ships;
- Northern California’s Rise as a Center for E-Commerce Distribution; and
- The proximity of the port to California’s Central Valley, one of the predominant agricultural regions in the United States
Shipping companies are increasingly seeing Oakland as an important gateway in trade between the US and Asia, the port said. As proof: three shipping companies introduced first call services in Oakland in 2021. Ships from Asia make their first North American stops in ports of first call. Most US imports are cleared in ports of first call.
Port officials told round table attendees that the increase in business has created new jobs in the transportation and logistics sectors. Growth has also created operational challenges in Oakland, the port added. There is a scramble to keep up with the rise in container volumes, the port said. This is where collaboration comes in, explained the port.
The port praised ship terminal operators who have invested millions to upgrade their operations and equipment. It said more would be needed for big ticket items like ship-to-shore cranes. The port asked the government for continued tax support to fund sustainable transportation initiatives to ensure a transition to zero-emission freight operations. It urged waterfront workers and management to continue to work together to ensure that a skilled workforce is keeping the cargo running and moving smoothly.
“Ports are vital to the US economy and how they work is just as important,” said Commissioner Bentzel. “Operational meetings like this are critical to strengthening our supply chain and improving efficiency to meet current freight demand and post-pandemic.”
“California’s ports serve as the gateway to the world of cargo – where cargo is transhipped and distributed across the state to the rest of the nation,” said David S. Kim, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. “As our ports play an important role in economic vitality and environmental stewardship, I am excited to meet with our federal partners, the Port of Oakland and its operators, shippers and beneficial cargo owners to discuss what is needed to maintain and increase competitiveness. “
Economic impact (pre-pandemic data):
- The Port of Oakland and its business partners support more than 84,000 jobs in the region and more than 1 million related jobs across the country (Martin Associates Economic Impact Study). For example, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union recently added hundreds of casual workers to the local workforce this summer to cope with cargo growth in the Port of Oakland.
- On a local level, Port of Oakland’s operations result in an annual economic impact of $ 12.9 billion and generate $ 698 million in annual local taxes.
- The cargo operations at Oakland Seaport and Oakland International Airport generate a financial output of more than 117 billion US dollars per year.
- American ports’ cargo operations annually secure 31 million US jobs, create $ 5.4 trillion in economic activity, and generate $ 378 billion in local, state, and federal taxes. (American Association of Port Authorities)
Article based on press release sent to ZENNIE62MEDIA, Inc. from the Port of Oakland.
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