SAVANNAH — The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.
“Improved confidence among U.S. retailers, newly added port customers and shifting cargo from U.S. West to East Coast are all fueling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia’s deepwater ports,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said. “Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern United States.”
In overall trade, 2.52 million tons of cargo moved across GPA docks in July, up 12.8 percent, or 287,600 tons, compared to the same month a year ago. Of that figure, container trade accounted for 2.14 million tons, up 15.7 percent from the 1.85 million tons of containerized goods GPA moved in July 2013.