As anyone using the Port of Oakland knows, the terminals have been a mess with congestion and delays. The port is making an effort to improve the situation, and has been testing extended gate hours. While there have been mixed reviews on the results of the first test, with many customers of the port indicating that there is less traffic and shorter lines at the terminals at night, but that once inside the terminal, the delays are worse. However, we are supportive of the continuation of night gates to try to mitigate the congestion, and the next phase of the test is starting next week.
The Port of Oakland is implementing its Extended Gate Fee of $30 which will go into effect Monday June 27, 2016 and will apply to all import and export loads coming in and out of the terminal both shifts (day and night). This Extended Gate Fee is based on a 90-day TRIAL BASIS and will be further reviewed after that time.
This fee will finance the cost of full night operations at the port, which have helped to mitigate the congestion and delays of the daylight hours. Previously the night operations were financed by a Port subsidy which expires this month. “Thousands of cargo transactions have migrated to nighttime thanks to Oakland International Container Terminal,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “It’s imperative that we continue with extended hours to expand the workday and improve cargo flow.”
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