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The new fa­cil­ity, which has been de­signed to ap­peal to rail traf­fic, is ex­pected to in­crease con­tainer traf­fic at the Port of Oak­land by 0.5 per­cent to 2 per­cent a year. That might not sound like much, but the port moves about 2.5mil­lion con­tain­ers an­nu­ally.

“When items ar­rive by rail they go to Cool Port where the prod­uct can be im­me­di­ately trans­ferred from rail cars to 40-foot ocean con­tain­ers, which would be re­frig­er­ated,” Zampa said. “Ex­porters can send rail cars to Oak­land that are heav­ily laden with chilled and frozen meat prod­ucts.”

The icy ware­house has 90 truck­ing docks, 18 rail car po­si­tions and can process up to 36 rail cars a day, ac­cord­ing to a Lin­eage video.

“Our big ad­van­tage is that all of this takes place within the port’s foot­print,” Zampa said. “It is the quick­est route for U.S. pro­duc­ers to ex­port frozen or chilled prod­ucts to Asia.”

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