Georgia Ports Volume Up 4.7% in April, Record Growth Continues

May 21, 2013 | Charles Bowen


Georgia ports continued their record-setting volume pace in April, the Georgia Ports Authority has reported. Georgia's ports moved 2.4 million tons of cargo in April, up 4.7 percent over April 2012. The figure was boosted by a strong performance in containers, bulk and Roll-on/Roll-off cargo, GPA said. This follows a growth of 7% in February.

“Our total tonnage makes April the highest volume month on record,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz in a statement. “And with companies like Haier appliances, Kent bicycles and Pep Boys recently choosing the Port of Savannah, our drawing power for cargo is only getting stronger.”

The GPA also achieved a 4 percent increase in container traffic for April, moving 258,951 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), or 10,040 TEUs more than April 2012. Foltz said April container volume was 11.3 percent higher than March. Exports remain dominant, representing 54 percent of loaded volume.