Georgia Ports Authority announce Port of Savannah growth

Georgia Ports AuthorityThe Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced a 14 percent growth in March container volumes, moving 355,208 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers at the Port of Savannah. For the fiscal year to date (July-March), TEU container trade grew by 9 percent, or 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million, a new record for the Port

“Savannah’s continued strength is a reflection of our customers’ commitment, Georgia’s leadership, and the many dedicated service providers, GPA employees and ILA members who come together every day to achieve great things,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “March marked our 17th consecutive month of business expansion thanks, in part, to a strong economy and growing market share.” 

Intermodal rail volumes raised by 20 percent in March and 15.4 percent for the fiscal year to date, for a total of 318,454 containers handled over nine months – another record for the GPA. 

“As the numbers show, our rail cargo is growing at a faster pace than our overall trade,” GPA Chairman Jimmy Allgood said. “This is important because rail is playing a key role in our responsible growth strategy. We anticipate our rail infrastructure investments to take 250,000 trucks off the road each year by 2020.” 

The GPA recently broke ground on its Mason Mega Rail Terminal, on which the Port of Savannah will build 10,000-foot unit trains within its own footprint. From the expanded rail infrastructure at Garden City Terminal, Class I rail providers CSX and Norfolk Southern will provide direct rail service to major Southeast and Midwestern markets.

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