Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported 8% growth in containerised trade in February, compared to the same month a year ago.
“Our container volume growth continues to exceed our expectations in light of last year’s unprecedented cargo diversions from the West Coast,” said Foltz. “Efficient access to market, proximity to major Southeast populations and GPA’s ability to quickly expand on-terminal container capacity are a few of the reasons for Savannah’s continued success.”
In February, Garden City Terminal moved 307,035 20-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 8.1%, or 22,998 TEUs compared to the same month in 2015. In contrast to 2014, GPA moved 23% more containerised cargo in February.
Total freight for February equaled 2.67 million tons across all cargo sectors, an improvement of 3.9%, or 100,495 tons. It was the seventh highest monthly performance ever recorded. Of the total, containerised trade accounted for 2.18 million tons, up 8.7%, or 175,184 tons.
GPA Board Chairman James Walters noted the Port of Savannah is the third busiest in the nation for the export of containerised goods, behind only Houston and Los Angeles. “Last year, Savannah moved nearly 11.8 million tons of containerised exports,” Walters said. “One out of every 10 tons of containerised U.S. exports went through Georgia’s ports.”
Walters added, “Georgia’s deepwater ports in Savannah and Brunswick have become international cargo hubs, as well as excellent job generators for manufacturers throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Our ports support more than 369,000 jobs in Georgia, and more throughout this great country.”