Thursday, March 22 2018
Stockton, CA — The Port of Stockton announced that 2017 was a record-setting year. Overall cargo volume was up over 21% and the number of vessel calls increased by more than 10%.
“In 2017 we grew our cargo business to record levels and our tenant base is at an all-time high,” said Port Director, Richard Aschieris. “Those are remarkable achievements. I’m proud of our team for competing to earn and retain our clients’ business by leveraging our unique operational strengths which help our customers profit and grow.”
Aschieris continued, “There are many factors contributing to our record growth. One advantage the Port of Stockton has is that we facilitate customers getting their product to market as quickly as possible. A few examples of how we move freight faster are that we are centrally located, adjacent to less congested highways and offer a 24/7 gate for round-the-clock access to freight. The Port of Stockton is served by the UP and BNSF railways and has 2.5 miles of on-dock rail. This gets freight moving to and from any point in North America as quickly as possible. Another contributor to increasing our business is that clients have room to grow. We offer 7 million square feet of existing warehouse space and another 600 acres for future development.”
“While 2017 was a record-setting year for us, we continue to look to the future as we proceed with a number of new development projects,” stated Board of Commissioners Chair, Sylvester Aguilar. “Strengthening our infrastructure will help us meet the needs of continued growth and capacity. We anticipate that even more companies will follow suit and set down roots at the Port of Stockton.”
“Our growth adds strength to the Stockton and San Juaquin County economies and help to create jobs,” said Aschieris. “Currently we support more than 5,500 family-wage jobs and anticipate growing employment opportunities. We made a strategic move to diversify our cargo base and began investing in improvements 10 years ago. Combine that with the hard work of our labor forces and the results are new positive highs for the Port of Stockton.”
The Port of Stockton is an inland facility situated on a deep-water channel located in the extended San Francisco Bay Area. Operating since 1933, the Port of Stockton is the 4th largest port in California and handles dry bulk, breakbulk, liquid bulk, warehousing and project cargoes. Services include stevedoring, warehousing, inventory management and transloading.