The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) recently announced they are on track to handle 4.36 million twenty-foot equivalent container units for 2018. This figure will be their highest volume to date in a calendar year. Compared to 2017, this figure would be an 8% increase or an extra 312,385 TEUs.
Executive Director for the Georgia Ports Authority, Griff Lynch said, “Cargo expansion related to growth in inland markets, as well as increased demand right here in the U.S. Southeast have shifted the global logistics arena in Savannah’s favor, with more port users choosing to serve their customers via Georgia’s deep-water terminals.”
From January to November 2018, 4,000,000 million twenty-foot equivalent container units have been handled by the Port of Savannah, this is a significant increase from 3,720,000 for the same period in 2017. Approximately 362,000 TEUs are already booked for December 2018 adding even more to the annual total.
This is GPA’s 25th consecutive month of positive year-on-year growth. Officials at GPA are predicting continued brisk container business for Savannah as the move into 2019.
The Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman, Jimmy Allgood commented, every additional container we move means new business in trucking, rail and warehousing, the ripple effect of the success at Georgia’s ports means additional jobs and income coming to our neighbors and communities across the state.”
They have also been significant increases in autos and heavy machinery as the GPA handled 59,297 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo last month, an increase of 12,135 units, or 25.7 per cent. The leading terminal was Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick that added close to 12,000 vehicles to their total from the previous year.
Mr. Lynch explained, “With the largest terminals in the nation for both container and Ro/Ro cargo, the ports of Savannah and Brunswick have a greater capacity to grow along with our customers, the result is superior reliability as port users build up their businesses to satisfy increasing demand across the Eastern U.S.”