Georgia Ports stacks-up record volumes


In July, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the US reached a record high for the movement of container units, having shifted around 290,000 containers – 19.2% higher than the previous year.

GPA overtook its previous TEU record set in May by around 3,500 units and its July TEU performance was up by around 50,000 TEU compared to July 2013.

In July 2014 overall, 2.52 million tons of cargo moved across GPA docks, of which 2.14 million tons was container trade. This is a 16% increase over the containerised goods GPA moved in July 2013.

GPA executive director Curtis Foltz said: “Improved confidence among US retailers, newly-added port customers, and shifting cargo from US West to East Coast are all fuelling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports.”

GPA Board chairman James Walters said: “The Port of Savannah’s phenomenal growth is a powerful engine creating jobs and economic opportunity.”

The Port of Savannah has averaged around 270,000 TEU per month since January.

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