The volume of containers loaded for import at the Port of Oakland, United States, decreased 10.3% during March from 2019 totals.

Meanwhile, containerized export cargo decreased by 5%. The return of empty containers to Asian origins decreased by 23 per cent, while the total volume, which combines import, export and return, decreased by 11 per cent.

Overall, the volume of containers loaded at the Port of Oakland decreased by 7.4 per cent during the third month of 2020.

According to the port company, the drop in cargo resulted from the coronavirus pandemic that has weakened world trade.

In addition, shipping lanes up and down the U.S. West Coast reported a reduction in cargo volume in March. On the other hand, the number of ships arriving in Oakland last month decreased by 10.6% since March 2019.

The terminal is fully operational, despite an order of refuge on the site, issued by Alameda County. The port facility and supply chain partners have been declared critical infrastructure for the fight against the coronavirus.