SAVANNAH — The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in fiscal year 2014.
The Port of Savannah handled a record 3.14 million TEUs in FY14, up by 6.3 percent, or 186,567 TEUs, compared to the previous year. It was the first time the port moved more than 3 million TEUs in a fiscal year.
The added volume contributed to a record year in total tonnage. In the 12 months ending June 30, GPA moved 29.4 million tons of freight, up by 8 percent or 2.17 million tons.
“Our ports support a broad range of industries, ranging from forestry and food production to auto manufacturing and retail,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said. “The additional cargo attracted to Georgia in FY14 speaks to the powerful and growing impact Georgia’s ports have on the state and region.”
In roll-on/roll-off cargo, the Port of Brunswick’s dedicated auto and-machinery terminal moved 674,327 units in FY14. Savannah’s Ocean Terminal added another 26,375 for a record total of 700,702 units. GPA ro/ro cargo improved by 63,760 units or 10 percent on the year. Break-bulk cargo saw a gain of 5.2 percent in FY14, growing by 129,861 tons to reach 2.63 million tons. Meanwhile, bulk cargo expanded by 8.4 percent, or 212,086 tons, to reach 2.73 million tons of agricultural and other bulk goods moved across GPA docks.
“There are good reasons more than 21,000 businesses depend on Georgia’s deepwater ports to move their goods reliably and on-time,” GPA Board Chairman James Walters said. “Our unmatched customer service, central location and superior connectivity beyond our ports are what make GPA the Southeast’s hub for global trade.”
The state’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of the United States’ containerized-cargo volume and 10.9 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2013.
“The board and staff of the Georgia Ports Authority are to be commended for their outstanding achievements this year,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “Our ports’ success is a win for us all, and a direct result of Georgia’s commitment to the GPA and support for critical port infrastructure projects such as the harbor deepening and enhanced access to I-95 and I-16. Georgia’s deepwater terminals support jobs, investment and economic development in every county across the state.”