The Port of Oakland’s proximity to California growing areas will continue to benefit agricultural exporters, executive director Chris Lytle told members of the Council of Supply Chain Management of Professionals in late September.
“The Port of Oakland’s proximity to the Central Valley makes us a vital link in the global agricultural supply chain,” Lytle said in a news release. “For our customers, that means greater reliability and reduced travel times through Oakland.”
The port is betting importers will find Oakland’s location increasingly attractive as the economies of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California and even Nevada grow. More than 80% of the port’s inbound cargo volume goes to those regions.
The port, Lytle said, is the preferred outlet to Asia for Central Valley fruits and nuts, Salinas Valley greens, and wines from across Northern California.
The port is working on a 400,000-square-foot Cool Port cold storage facility for refrigerated export commodities. That’s expected to strengthen Oakland’s role in meat and poultry.