August Imports Reach Record as Peak Shipping Season Starts

September 14, 2018 Updated: September 14, 2018

Imports through the Port of Oakland were up 9.2 percent in August from a year ago and the best August in the port’s 91-year history, port officials said on Sept. 13.

Workers handled the equivalent 85,166 loaded 20-foot import containers, marking a strong start to the peak shipping season when U.S. retailers begin stocking up for the holidays.

But even though port officials are happy with the numbers, they are somewhat concerned about trade.

“We’re encouraged by the solid start to peak season, but there’s still uncertainty in the trade environment,” Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll said in a statement.

The U.S. has placed tariffs on goods from China and China has done the same on U.S. goods.