The Port of Savannah exported more loaded containers than any other port in the US between January and May, achieving a 12.2% market share.
In a statement the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said the Port’s Garden City Terminal handled a total of 593,195 TEU of loaded exports in that time.
“In today’s environment, businesses need every advantage to regain momentum and provide the growth that helps so many hard-working Americans to prosper,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
“The Georgia Ports Authority is a powerful economic engine for the state and a key link in the supply chain for industries across the region.”
Raw cotton was the Port’s most exported commodity – with shipments increasing by 61%.
Situated at the center of a broad logistics network, Savannah offers 37 weekly container ship services reaching destinations around the world, on-terminal service from Class I railroads Norfolk Southern and CSX, and direct access to Interstates 95 and 16.
“With the expansion of the Panama Canal, and the transition of larger vessels to East Coast services, cargo owners are making the strategic decision to keep imports on the water longer,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
“Subsequently, export customers enjoy greater empty container availability in Savannah, lower container slot costs on Neo-Panamax vessels, and unmatched cargo fluidity through road, rail and terminal services.”
GPA Board Chairman, Will McKnight, said, “Our export numbers show how the Georgia Ports Authority plays a vital role as a state and national asset, supporting farms and factories across the country.
“Terminal efficiency is about more than moving cargo quickly, it’s about helping American companies compete in the global marketplace.”
Georgia’s deepwater ports are still dealing with the impact of COVID-19, but have seen steadier trade numbers than other U.S. ports.
In July, the Port of Savannah handled 360,700 TEU, down 6.8% or 26,325 TEU, compared to the same month last year.
“Georgia’s diverse industry, its position as a major agricultural producer and its central location within the U.S. Southeast have helped to mitigate the worst impacts of the pandemic on trade through our terminals,” Lynch said.
“Along with our partners in the International Longshoremen’s Association, motor carriers, railroads, stevedores and the distribution centres, we have been proud to provide steady, reliable service to our customers without delays or interruptions.”