Port of Oakland Eyes Sacramento Port

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 19, 2005

With a flood of goods expected to arrive from Asia over the next few years and no room to expand, Port of Oakland officials are looking at Sacramento to build a new terminal.

Mike McGowan – board chairman of the Port of Sacramento and a Yolo County Supervisor – says the move makes sense.

"There has been a growing interest on their part, I think probably largely driven by the fact they are sort of running out of room there and they’re looking for some other spots really to expand their business and the Port of Sacramento gets to be a logical spot."

Under the proposed plan, Oakland would use the 100-acre Port of Sacramento as a satellite port.

Over the past few years the 42-year-old Port of Sacramento has lost business. Analysts say it’s because of the port’s relatively shallow waters and lack of substantial real estate holdings.