Making up for lost time, cargo ships are skipping Oakland and returning straight to Asia

By Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg

Following long delays at southern California’s logjammed ports, cargo ships are bypassing the Port of Oakland and heading directly back to Asia to make up for lost time.

Total cargo volume handled by the Port of Oakland — the third-busiest in California — declined by 20% in October from a year earlier, it said in an emailed statement on Monday. About 60 vessels stopped at the harbor last month, 43% fewer than a year October 2020, it said.

The country’s busiest port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach is facing crippling delays, with transit time for vessels arriving from Asia more than doubling to

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