A third Port of Oakland terminal mandates truck appointments
Oakland, CA. – (Dec. 1, 2016): A third marine terminal operator wants truckers to make appointments before picking-up cargo at the Port of Oakland. Wilmington, Ca.-based TraPac said today it will require appointments for all import container pick-ups beginning Dec. 6. TraPac said the appointment system will reduce waiting times by more evenly distributing truck arrivals throughout the day.
TraPac becomes the third of four terminals to require appointments in Oakland. The others are Everport and Oakland International Container Terminal. Together they handle more than 90 percent of the containerized cargo moving through Oakland.
“We commend TraPac for taking this step,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “It’s not easy introducing new operating procedures, but customers and harbor truckers benefit whenever we can speed up container throughput.”
Oakland is one of only a handful of ports nationwide with an appointment system. Appointments are viewed as essential to accelerating cargo flow at ports coping with bigger ships and growing container volumes.
TraPac said truck dispatchers can log on to the nationwide port information system eModal beginning today to make appointments for Dec 6 and beyond. It added that the requirement for appointments applies only to loaded import containers for now. TraPac said truck drivers won’t need reservations for export deliveries, or to pick-up or return empty containers. It said it will communicate well in advance when it plans to expand appointments to all transactions.
Appointments are the second measure implemented at TraPac this fall intended to improve terminal performance. Two months ago, the terminal began opening selective night gates to ease daytime crowding. In October, Port Commissioners approved a new lease enabling TraPac to double its size in Oakland next year.
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