Port of Savannah sets record with 441,000 TEU in April

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Port of Savannah sets record with 441,000 TEU in April

The Port of Savannah handled 441,000 TEU in April, marking an 8 per cent increase from the same period last year.

This surge propelled April to become the Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) third busiest on record, trailing behind only the years 2021 and 2022.

READ: Savannah records fourth busiest October in history

“The teamwork among our GPA employees, ILA locals, stevedores and others delivers the world-class service that cargo owners have come to expect from Georgia Ports,” said GPA Board Chairman Kent Fountain.

“The unmatched efficiency at the ports of Brunswick and Savannah is one reason Georgia has been chosen as the best state to do business for 10 years in a row.”  

Import loads rose to 211,900 TEU, reflecting an increase of 8.3 per cent or 16,200 TEU compared to April 2023.

Export loads accounted for 122,500 TEU in the same month, marking a notable rise of 4,235 TEU or 3.6 per cent.

READ: Georgia Ports surpasses 400,000 TEU mark in March

The GPA also reached a new record for RoRo cargo last month, managing a staggering 80,600 units of RoRo up over 44 per cent compared to the same period last year.

GPA President and CEO Griff Lynch attributed the growth at the Port of Brunswick to various factors, citing robust Asian imports, increasing vehicle exports, and the attraction of new customers to Georgia Ports. Lynch also noted capacity expansions to accommodate rising demands, alongside efforts by manufacturers to bolster dealership stocks.

Additionally, diversions from the Port of Baltimore contributed to heightened volumes at Colonel’s Island Terminal, with significant numbers of import vehicles and heavy equipment redirected to Brunswick. Lynch further highlighted a surge in heavy machinery exports, surpassing GPA’s monthly average for fiscal year 2024.

The GPA and Wallenius Wilhelmsen recently inked a 20-year terminal agreement to consolidate the company’s port and logistics activities at the Port of Brunswick.

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