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.”