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Oakland’s second-largest terminal expands truck night schedules

The Port of Oakland’s second largest terminal, TraPac, said it has expanded night time harbor truck service to four days a week, doubling the current weekly nighttime schedule.

Gates will be operational for pick-ups and drop-offs Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., TraPac said. Normal daytime hours of between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. will remain unchanged, it said.

The terminal had been open just on Monday and Tuesday nights, and had only been handling export deliveries. The expanded service includes exports, imports, empties in both directions, and chassis pick-up, said Mike Zampa, a port spokesman.

Nighttime terminals are popular with harbor truckers because they can quickly move in and out of the facilities due to less congestion. Facilities also benefit because trucker pickups and deliveries can be scheduled away from the daytime periods, thus alleviating bottlenecks that occur during the day.

Two years ago, Oakland International Container Terminal, the port’s largest, adopted a nighttime schedule. Today, about one-quarter of all volume at the terminal is handled at night, said Zampa.

Starting Oct. 26, drivers will need to make appointments to pick up imports. Effective Oct. 29, appointments will be required for imports, exports and the return of empties. Appointments won’t be required for the pick-up of empties, TraPac said.

Starting Oct. 29, a $30 fee will be assessed on all day and night loaded containers moving via truck to defray the coasts of the extended operating hours, TraPac said. There will be no fees on loaded containers leaving the terminal by rail


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Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.