The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has announced the highest month in record at the Port of Savannah, moving 2.61 million tonnes of cargo.
The result comes as a 15.5 percent increase in volume compared to the previous year.
The enormous 349,682-tonne increase has been attributed to huge gains in container traffic.
The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal moved 260,539 TEU during the month, an increase of 12 percent or 28,000 TEU.
Furthermore, cargo moved by rail accounted for 254,263 TEU of total volume – about 19.8 percent.
Record numbers of roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) traffic passed through GPA docks, more than 64,000 cars, and a 21 percent improvement over the previous year’s figures.
Strong cargo volumes in March built on top of the previous eight months deliver a 6.8 percent increase in TEU for the fiscal year to date, for a total of 2.31 million TEU.
Ro/Ro traffic appears even stronger, with a 7.4 percent improvement and 503,091 units to date for this fiscal year.
The GPA have closed the third quarter having moved a total of 21.8 million tons of freight for this fiscal year to date – an 8.4 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
GPA Executive director Curtis Foltz said “A combination of new customers and retail outlets increasing inventory before the busy summer season factored into our success.”
“Meanwhile, at our dedicated auto port, we’re seeing an increase in volume as more carmakers choose the Port of Brunswick as their gateway to the South eastern US.”
Adding to this, GPA board chairman Robert Jepson said “This outstanding and sustained level of growth is possible because Georgia’s deepwater ports offer faster and more economical connections to the population centres of the Southeast.”
“Delivering better service helps the GPA to retain and win the new business that has such an important impact on the nation’s economy.”