GPA starts the year in full stride

  • GPA announces 12.5 percent growth in box volumes and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage

Georgina Ports Authority (GPA) opened the year with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in TEUs and a 7.3 percent in overall tonnage compared to the year before.

Starting the year on a high, Georgina Ports Authority (GPA) has announced gains in TEU movement and overall tonnage due to higher cargo demand.

The Port of Savannah moved 259,159 TEU from 230,372 over the same period a year ago.

Freight moved across all terminals totalled 2.45 million tonnes, 166,544 tonnes more than the same month in 2013.

In Brunswick, Colonel’s Island Terminal led GPA terminals to a 6.1 percent increase in automobile and heavy equipment units moved during the fiscal year to date.

Including Savannah’s Ocean Terminal, the GPA moved a total 386,070 units of roll-on/roll-off cargo. Brunswick handled the majority of the moves: 372,146 units from July through to January.

GPA board chairman Robert Jepson put the success down to the ports location: “Our deepwater ports offer a hub for transportation that is unmatched in the United States.”

“It’s a place where ocean, road, rail and distribution centres come together to ensure that commerce is handled efficiently, environmentally responsibly and at the lowest cost possible.”

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals contribute US$18.5 billion in income to Georgia’s economy, whilst supporting more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state.

Over the financial year 2013, the Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of US containerised cargo volume and 10.9 percent of all US containerised exports.

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