Savannah port to better 2017 box throughput record, with 4.3m TEU in 2018

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is heading towards an all-time record high container throughput this year of 4.36 million TEU, representing an increase of eight per cent compared to 2017.

"Cargo expansion related to growth in inland markets, as well as increased demand right here in the US southeast have shifted the global logistics arena in Savannah's favour, with more port users choosing to serve their customers via Georgia's deepwater terminals," said GPA executive director Griff Lynch.

In the first 11 months of the year the US port of Savannah handled four million TEU, up from 3.72 million TEU compared to the same period last year. Containers currently booked for December will add 362,000 TEU to the annual total, reported AJOT.

The GPA recorded 11.4 per cent growth in container traffic in November, after handling 344,506 TEU. With 151 vessel calls at the container port, the Garden City Terminal averaged 1,322 container moves per vessel in November.

"Every additional container we move means new business in trucking, rail and warehousing," said GPA chairman Jimmy Allgood. "The ripple effect of the success at Georgia's ports means additional jobs and income coming to our neighbours and communities across the state."

November was also a busy month for trade in autos and heavy machinery. The GPA handled 59,297 units of roll-on/roll-off cargo last month, up 25.7 per cent. Colonel's Island Terminal at the port of Brunswick led the growth, adding 12,000 vehicles to its total from November 2017.