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Top import origins for Oakland are China, Vietnam,
Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan, with principal products being furniture, machinery, glass/glass-ware, and plastics. Leading export markets include China,
almonds and other nuts, oranges
and other fruits, rice, hay, and
pork. Oakland is also negotiating
to reintroduce bulk shipping for
the first time in 20 years.
Zampa agrees with Newsome
that larger ships calling more fre-are demanding greater efficiency from ports to avoid congestion that could result from greater scale and larger ships,”
he says. Among the improvements at Oakland have been
deepening harbor channels to 50 feet, introducing night
gates and appointments to improve capacity and throughput, and heightening existing cranes and buying new cranes
that can accommodate the 18,000-TEU ships that could
regularly call on West Coast ports in two to three years.
Lastly, the port introduced its one-stop online gateway,
the Oakland Portal, last year. It provides single log-in access
vessel schedules, and cargo status.