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Georgia Ports celebrates busiest month

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The Georgia Ports Authority has announced it achieved outstanding January results, with double-digit growth across all business sectors and a 26% increase in total tonnage.

“The Port of Savannah is unrivaled in its connectivity into the heartland of the US and the service excellence that port customers enjoy,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “With on-terminal efficiencies bolstered by interstates within minutes of the port and the fastest westward rail transit in the South Atlantic region, Garden City Terminal provides more reliable, more cost effective freight movement.”

Lynch credited those supply chain efficiencies for the record 3 million t of cargo GPA moved in January, up 623 504 t compared to the same month a year ago.

Containerised trade grew, with 331 468 twenty-foot equivalent units crossing the docks at the Port of Savannah, up 16.2%, or 46 167 TEUs. Of that trade, loaded containers accounted for approximately 268 000 TEUs, also a record. The increase in loaded containers contributed to an improvement in container tonnage of 22.1% (465,710 t), for a total of 2.57 million t for the month.

At the Port of Brunswick, bulk cargo more than doubled to 235 802 t in January, an increase of 125 998 t. Meanwhile, breakbulk cargo handled at Ocean Terminal in Savannah and at the Mayor’s Point and Colonel’s Island terminals in Brunswick grew by 17.7% to 211 575 t, an increase of 31 796 t.

“The phenomenal growth at Georgia’s ports speaks to the powerful, vibrant economy of Georgia and the Southeastern US,” said GPA Board Chairman, Jimmy Allgood. “As we continue to expand our transportation infrastructure through a deeper harbor, the largest crane fleet of any US terminal, unmatched interstate connections and a mega-terminal for rail, you will see our ports continue to capture market share and bring new business to the state.”

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