USDA helps cover the cost of using Port of Oakland’s pop-up yard
Financial relief is being offered to US exporters using the Port of Oakland’s temporary container yard.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is offering a US$400 incentive per export reefer container stored at the yard, and US$200 per dry container.
In addition, the USDA is offering a US$125 incentive to pick up an empty dry container used for agricultural bookings.
“This will help defray the additional costs incurred by our shippers and make usage of the new facility more feasible,” said Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes.
The temporary container yard opened on 7 March (2022), as part of federal government programme to relieve port congestion.
“The temporary yard provides a place for truckers to easily pick up empty containers to be loaded with US exports and it allows for staging loaded containers ready to be shipped overseas without crowding busy terminals,” Brandes added.
“This federal partnership highlights Oakland’s traditional role as a critical export gateway. We continue to work closely with ocean carriers to restore services here so that shippers can have more opportunity for outbound vessel space.”