The Port of Oakland is handling 36% more containers of fresh fruit and vegetables than in 2013, and the volumes are only set to grow. The number of containers has rocketed from 80,000 to 135,000, with exports accounting for 103,000 of the fresh fruit and vegetable containers – a 44% rise increase from 2013. The number of imported containers rose by 16%
The major exports were oranges and grapes, with the prime destinations being Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. One advantage that the Port of Oakland offers is its ability to handle temperature-controlled cargo, with refrigerated export containers delivered mainly at night to cut down handling time. The Port is investing further to add hundreds of electrical plug-in spaces for refrigerated containers this summer, which will allow safe storage of larger volumes of perishables.