GPA's Savannah now ranks as top port in US for agriculture exports
THE proximity to major producers, direct access via road and rail, broad global network has enabled the Port of Savannah to become the top port in the US for the export of containerised agricultural goods
THE proximity to major producers, direct access via road and rail, broad global network has enabled the Port of Savannah to become the top port in the US for the export of containerised agricultural goods.
Said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp: 'Agriculture is a major driver for Georgia's economy, contributing US$74 billion in annual economic benefit and nearly 400,000 jobs across the state. As this country's No 1 port for the export of agricultural products, Savannah provides vital support for the state and nation, helping our farmers reach overseas buyers efficiently.'
Agriculture accounted for 60 per cent of Savannah's exports, or more than 843,000 TEU units in calendar year 2019. Forest products such as wood pulp, paper and logs made up the largest category of goods, followed by clay, cotton, poultry and peanuts.
For the fiscal year to date (July 2019-May 2020), total loaded exports have increased by 15,500 TEU to 1.33 million TEU.
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director, Griff Lynch, said: 'The production of raw material and agricultural goods, along with their supply chains, have remained strong throughout the pandemic. The powerful commitment by the agricultural sector mirrors that of GPA's employees, the International Longshoremen's Association and the rest of our maritime logistics community.'
On-terminal projects to expand export capacity have continued throughout the crisis, including the Mason Mega Rail, with the first nine of 18 new working tracks complete and two new rail-mounted gantry cranes slated to begin work in July.
GPA's inland terminal, the Appalachian Regional Port, has seen increased volumes and export commodities coming from Northwest Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. At the Port of Savannah, GPA has increased its on-time performance of vessel operations to achieve its best performance in three years, according to a GPA statement.