Georgia Port Cargo Slumps 6.3% in December

The Georgia Ports Authority reported that containerized cargo slumped 6.3% in December, marking the first year-over-year decline since July 2013.

Total shipments in 20-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, were 260,074, reflecting 5.7% fewer imports and 6.9% less exports.

The results trailed some major ports, such as Long Beach, California, that raised cargo volume in December but were ahead of others, such as Oakland, California, whose shipment decline was greater.

While December was a down month, the Port of Savannah’s annual total reached a record 3.73 million TEUs, a 12% increase.

“The expansion was fueled in part by heightened demand in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah's logistical advantages drawing new customers to Georgia and cargo diverted from the West Coast,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. said.