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August 14, 2014 10:00 AM, EDT
Port of Savannah Container Cargo Rises to Record Level
Georgia Ports Authority

Container volume at the Port of Savannah surged to an all-time high by rising 19.2% in July, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

Container trade increased to 293,889 20-foot equivalent units at the port, surpassing the record set in May by almost 3,500 units.

“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 in a statement.

“Savannah has the space to more than double its throughput as more shippers choose East Coast ports to serve the fast-growing Southeastern U.S,” he added.

Overall volume at GPA docks increased 12.8% in July to 2.52 million tons of cargo with container trade accounting for 2.14 million tons.

“Our ability to anticipate demand by boosting container-handling capacity and efficiency has been instrumental in our success,” GPA Board Chairman James Walters said in a statement.