​Port of Oakland Opens Off-Dock Container Yard to Help Agricultural Exports

The Port of Oakland, CA, announced on Jan. 3 it is opening an off-dock container yard to reallocate empty containers collecting on dock.

The 25-acre, paved yard is intended to increase terminal capacity and give the local agricultural export community easier access to containers.

Plans by government to address export-capacity shortages include both the yard’s opening and assistance from federal and state agencies to agricultural exporters using the yard.

The yard-opening announcement follows a recent letter from the USDA and Department of Transportation secretaries urging several ocean carriers to restore export service to the Ports of Oakland and Portland.

The government supports the service restorations to give agricultural exporters more options on the West Coast and address some of the congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.